Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

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

Spring 2nd 8-week: February 27th

Checks for Spring 16-week and 1st 8-week classes (start on 1/9/23) will go out February 13th.

Checks for 2nd 8-week classes (start on 3/13/23) will go out April 7th.

The Financial Aid Office is currently processing the 2022-23 FAFSA only. 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 opened 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. Keep an eye on your SCC email for more information.

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 

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.

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