Financial aid timeline

The details below will help you understand your responsibilities and provide a timeline to ensure you have the best possible financial aid package in place for the upcoming academic year.

  • Apply for FAFSA

    Complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, online and include SCAD as one of your school choices. Students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to complete the FAFSA.

    • SCAD Federal School Code: 015022
    • Submit early for priority consideration for federal grants.
    • Once submitted, students will receive a Student Aid Report. Review this for accuracy and submit any necessary corrections.
    • If selected for verification, respond promptly with the requested information.
  • Receive financial award letter

    Students who have completed the 2020-21 FAFSA and all necessary requirements at least two weeks prior to the end of March will receive an award letter via SCAD email.

    • Students must accept the terms and conditions in addition to their award offer in MySCAD in order to receive aid including scholarships, grants and loans.
  • Review important financial aid information

  • First-time borrowers must complete the following via

  • Apply for additional aid if necessary

    Students may apply for supplemental financial aid to cover the cost of education.

    • Parents of dependent students may apply for the credit-based Direct Plus loan. Approved parents may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial assistance received.
    • Students may apply for alternative, credit-based loans from private lenders through, which provides a list of lenders that provide products and services for many students and their families.
    • SCAD accepts a variety of scholarships from outside sources and organizations that are currently available for undergraduate, graduate and international students. Learn more about outside scholarship opportunities.
  • Review financial aid award in MySCAD

    Once the student receives a notice to review their award of financial aid, students should log in to MySCAD and confirm that the terms, conditions and loans have been accepted.

  • Fall quarter student account information is available via a link emailed to students

    • Review the account closely to ensure all expected financial aid is listed under "Anticipated Aid" and deducted from the fall quarter balance.
    • Follow up with student success and advising if you have any questions regarding your student account.
  • Fall quarter tuition, housing and meal plan balance due Thursday, Aug. 1, 2020

    Balances not paid by the due date are subject to a late fee of 5 percent of the account balance. View all tuition due dates for the 2020-21 academic year.