July 30, 2014

MSCC Office of Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office and its staff are dedicated to fostering support that encourages and promotes financial aid programs that remove financial barriers to ensure access to all students in pursuit of academic excellence, economic opportunity, and personal achievement. … [Read more...]

How to Apply

Apply for Admission - The first step in applying for financial aid is to apply for admission to MSCC. You can apply online by going to www.midsouthcc.edu and clicking on the Start Here button. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - You may submit your application electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to include MSCC’s Title IV school code: 015862. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mailed Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. Our office will receive an electronic version of your FAFSA within 5-7 business days after it has been completed. At this point, we will determine what additional documentation our office needs. NOTE: Every student must complete at least one additional form before we can offer any federal aid. Apply for scholarships - We provide numerous scholarships based on talent, academic achievement, community service, and/or financial need. Submit a scholarship application to the Financial Aid Office along with a 300-500 word typed essay indicating your educational plans and goals. Complete your MSCC Financial Aid File - Once our office receives your FAFSA, you will be notified by email and mail if additional documentation is needed. It is important that you turn in the required documents as soon as possible to ensure you receive the most beneficial aid package available. Verification - Students chosen for verification will be required to submit additional documents. When we have received all required documentation, your application will be verified for accuracy. The verification process can take one to two weeks, depending on the time of the year. Federal Aid Eligibility Determined and Awards Processed - When your file is complete, your eligibility will be determined, and you will be awarded the federal aid for which you are eligible. NOTE: Not all awards (i.e. Academic Challenge) may be visible on your account at this time. This includes institutional, state, and private scholarships. They will be added at a later date. … [Read more...]

When to Apply

To receive priority consideration Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible beginning January 1st each year. DON'T DELAY! Entering in Fall?  Submit by June 1st priority deadline. Entering in Spring? Submit by November 1st priority deadline. Entering in Summer?  Submit by March 1st priority deadline. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: The 2013-2014 school year includes Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Summer 2014. Summer aid requires the additional Summer Update Form located on the Financial Aid Forms page (available in early April each year). June 30, 2014 is the deadline for the central processing agency to receive your FAFSA for the 2013-2014 school year. Failure to meet FAFSA and document submission deadlines will result in late payment fees. Financial Aid Processing Timeline 2013-2014 Your attention to this timeline will help to ensure your aid is processed prior to your first day of class.             … [Read more...]

Eligibility Requirements

Financial need is merely one of the criteria used to determine eligibility for U.S. federal. In general, students must also meet the following criteria: * Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate,  Be working toward a degree or certificate * Be enrolled in an eligible program * Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen * Have a valid Social Security Number * Register with the Selective Service if required(you can use the paper or electronic FAFSA to register) and * Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and Enrollment Status once in school Students who drop or withdraw from classes may lose part or all of that semester's financial aid and should consult a financial aid counselor before changing enrollment status. Changes in enrollment status can have consequences beyond the loss of a semester's worth of financial aid. A cahnge in enrollment status can result in: * Increased "out of pocket" payments towards tuition * Having to repay received funds back to U.S. Department of Education * The loss of part of all of the following semester's financial aid For more information related to eligibility, please refer to the Tuition and Fees section of the Catalog.       … [Read more...]