Federal Aid

U.S. citizens and legal residents who hold a high school diploma or GED may apply for federal aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid with the federal processing center as soon as possible after Jan. 1 each year. This can be done online at fafsa.gov. The SCAD FAFSA code is 015022.

Federal aid applicants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as their annual income tax figures become available. SCAD processes federal aid throughout the year on a first-completed, first-awarded basis. Early application is encouraged and allows more time for students to explore all financial aid options.

After the FAFSA is processed, the government generates a multi-page Student Aid Report for each applicant. After SCAD has received an electronic version of the Student Aid Report from the government and the applicant is officially admitted to SCAD, a financial aid package is determined. This process generally begins in early March for fall enrollment.

SCAD accepts and enrolls new students each quarter. Students who intend to use financial assistance to pay tuition, room and board, should plan to complete the application for admission and the FAFSA at least 60 days prior to the intended entry date. Otherwise, the student should plan to pay first-quarter expenses out of personal funds.

Students should review each specific aid program for details. Further information about federal aid can be found online.

Federal grants
Federal loans

Financial aid funding is considered estimated and is subject to change until confirmed by the funding entity or until funds are received.

Student employment
SCAD-funded student employment and federal-funded work study positions pay minimum wage at a maximum of 20 hours per week. Student workers are paid every two weeks and earnings can be direct deposited or received by check.