Steps to apply for financial aid

Step 1 

Apply and be accepted to SCAD. 

Step 2 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Please include SCAD as one of your school choices. The SCAD code is 015022. Be sure to include accurate income and tax information, accessible through the IRS data retrieval tool. 

Step 3 

If you receive a request for additional information from SCAD, please respond promptly. 

Step 4 

Within three to five days of filing your FAFSA, you should receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Please review it for accuracy and submit any necessary corrections. 

Step 5 

An official financial aid award letter will arrive from SCAD via email and mail soon thereafter. This letter lists all of your financial assistance including scholarships, grants and loans. This information is current at the time and is subject to change. The award notification is also posted in MySCAD for students who have paid the enrollment fee and have been assigned a personal identification number. 

Step 6 

If your financial assistance package includes Federal Direct Loans and/or Direct PLUS Loans you wish to accept, carefully follow the instructions to complete the requirements and receive your loan provided under the "Receiving Your Federal Loan" tab.