Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

The 2024-25 FAFSA is delayed due to the rollout of The FAFSA Simplification Act but is set to open in December 2023.

The 2024-25 FAFSA is for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025. 

Spring 2024: November 30, 2023

Spring 2024 2nd 8-weeks: February 19, 2024

Checks for Fall 16-week and 1st 8-week classes were mailed on September 18, 2023.

Checks for Fall 2nd 8-week classes will be mailed on November 6, 2023.

If you have direct deposit set up, the funds will be sent to the bank on or around November 6th for 2nd 8-week classes. 

We are processing 2023-24 FAFSA's daily. You will be notified through your SCC email once your FAFSA is received. If we do not have your FAFSA, make sure you added our school code to your application: 002961.

To set up your direct deposit, login to your Self-Service and enter your banking information. Please review and verify your banking information before submitting. If you have issues logging into Self-Service, please contact support at 910-695-3827. Please allow for 3-5 business days for your account to verify. You will receive an email notification once your account has been verified.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Log into Self-Service
  • Click on Banking Information
  • Add an Account
  • Activate (Toggle Button)
  • Next
  • Enter all your banking information, agree to
    terms and conditions, and submit.

Sandhills can not hold check. All checks are mailed to the address on file with the Registrar's Office. You can contact them at (910) 246-5373 or email  

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) 695-3971.

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.

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.

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.

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