Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

What are the upcoming financial aid deadlines?

Fall 2nd 8-week: September 28th

Spring 2023 16-week and 1st 8-week: December 1st

Spring 2nd 8-week: February 27th

When are refund checks being mailed?

Checks for fall 16-week and 1st 8-week classes (started on 8/15/22) will go out September 19th.

Checks for 2nd 8-week classes (start on 10/12/22) will go out November 14th.

I submitted my FAFSA but haven’t heard anything yet. When I will receive updates?

The Financial Aid Office began processing 2022-23 FAFSA’s as of April 8, 2022. Once we receive your FAFSA, you will be notified through your SCC email. If we do not have your FAFSA, make sure you added our school code to your application: 002961.

The 2023-24 FAFSA opens October 1, 2022. We will not start processing these applications until the Spring semester. The 2023-24 FAFSA will not go into effect until Fall 2023.

Can my check be picked up at the school?  Does Sandhills offer direct deposit?

Sandhills can not hold checks or deposit funds into a bank account.  All checks are mailed to the address on file with admissions. You can contact admissions at 910-695-3725 or email sccadmissions@sandhills.edu.

My self-service account is showing a negative balance.  Do I owe this money?

A negative balance in your self-service account means you are due for a refund.  These funds can be used in the SCC bookstore or you can wait and have these funds disbursed later in the semester.  A positive balance means you have a balance due to the business office.  You may contact the business office at 910-695-3721 or 910-695-3951.

Can I register if my financial aid is not complete?

Yes!  You are never required to have financial aid in place to register.  Please be sure to have all financial aid documents turned in by the deadline or be prepared to pay by the last day to pay. If your financial aid is approved after you have paid out of pocket, you will be reimbursed the amount of financial aid you received.

How long does it take for my FAFSA to be processed?

Once your FAFSA is submitted, it takes about 3-5 business days before we will receive the application.  Once we have imported the application, you will be notified via your student email.  This email will provide information about what documents need to be completed and where to complete them.

I submitted my financial aid documents, how long does it take to process them?

We are processing all incoming forms daily.  We ask that you allow 2-3 business days for processing.  During peak times, we ask that you allow 3-5 business days.  If you have submitted a verification form, please know it may take up to 2 weeks for those to be fully processed.

Where do I go to turn in eForms?

To submit financial aid documents, please go here.  If you have questions about eForms, please refer to our eForms information page