Withdrawing from Courses

Students who receive financial aid but do not successfully complete their courses may have to return unearned funds to the state of North Carolina and/or the Department of Education.

North Carolina Policy

If a student receives state financial aid, including but not limited to, North Carolina Community College Grant, North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship, or North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, and withdraws from SCC prior to the 35% point in the term, a return of funds calculation will be performed to determine whether funds must be returned to the state.

Federal Policy

The Federal Refund Policy applies to all students receiving federal financial aid funds including those who qualify for the state refund policy mentioned above. This policy requires the school to determine the amount of Title IV aid a student has earned. The earned amount is determined by calculating the number of class days prior to the date of withdrawal. The unearned portion must be returned. This may require repayment by the student of all or part of any federal money received by the student.

Refunds will be allocated by law according to the following order:


  • Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (SCC does not award Direct Loans)
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loans (SCC does not award Direct Loans)
  • Federal Perkins Loans (SCC does not award Perkins Loans)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans (SCC does not award PLUS Loans)


  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • TEACH Grants (SCC does not award TEACH Grants)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Notification letters are mailed to students who must return earned portions of their financial aid.

Contact Information


Shenika Ward

Director of Financial Aid
121 Stone Hall
(910) 695-3952