The College provides a comprehensive program of student financial assistance consisting of scholarships, grants and employment. These programs may be offered singly or in various combinations to assist qualified full-time or half-time students (taking at least six credit hours) in meeting their financial needs. Information about these programs and services may be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid.
All students applying for financial assistance are asked to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid and indicate on the application that information is to be sent to the state agency. Students are encouraged to make early application for financial assistance.
Note: Students who want to be considered for the Pell Grant, Illinois State Monetary Award Program, College Work Study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) must be a high school graduate or have passed a high school equivalency (GED) test.
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Visit the SSC Scholarship Opportunities page for a complete listing of available SSC scholarships.
Pell Grant - For students who demonstrate financial need.
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Monetary Award) - For full-time and half-time students AR SSC. Tuition grants are based on family financial need to cover the costs of in-district tuition.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - For students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
Students must complete the financial aid form to be eligible for Federal on-campus employment.
Work/study students are limited in earnings and hours that they may work at College jobs and must maintain six or more credit hours of study at South Suburban College to remain employed.
Students interested in campus jobs should contact the Office of Financial Aid to confirm eligibility and apply for openings as they become available.
Limited funds are available under this program. Short-term loans are provided to eligible students for the purchase of books and supplies.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 or above and have earned at least 12 credit hours to be considered for this book loan.
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According to federal and state guidelines, a student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to be eligible to receive financial assistance. South Suburban College has established the following standards in order for a student to receive federal and/or state financial aid.
A student who becomes enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester because of either withdrawal from class(es), officially or unofficially, may receive a reduction in financial aid dependent upon the particular eligibility requirements for the program. In addition, students who withdraw from classes during the 100 percent refund period will only receive aid for the total number of hours registered for after that period.
Note: Hours attempted is defined as the total credit hours a student is enrolled in on the final day of the 100 percent refund period during a given semester.
I. Completion Rate Requirement - To receive and maintain eligibility for financial aid, a student must complete at least 66-2/3 percent of hours attempted.
II. Grade Point Average Requirement - To be eligible for financial assistance a student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. This grade point average standard is an academic measure of a student's progress toward completion of a particular program. Federal regulations require the College to take into account a student's academic performance throughout their course of study, regardless of whether the student received financial aid.
III. Maximum Time Frame Requirement - Students may receive financial aid until they have attempted 90 semester hours of credit from the College. The exception will be those degree programs that require at least 70 credit hours to graduate. In these cases, financial aid will be granted up to 105 credit hours attempted.
IV. Academic Forgiveness - All attempted hours are included in the satisfactory progress calculation.
To ensure the quality and integrity of the financial aid program at South Suburban College, satisfactory progress will be evaluated at the completion of each academic semester. Summer coursework, if applicable, will also be considered. Policy guidelines will begin once a student has attempted a minimum of six credit hours.
A strict appeal process will be enforced for evaluating students who cannot reach the minimum qualifications needed to remain in good standing with the College's academic guidelines along with federal regulations. Student financial aid appeals shall be considered on a case by case basis, with mitigating circumstances adequately documented. Mitigating circumstances, such as illness or a family catastrophe that may have caused noncompliance can be reviewed by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for a possible one semester extension, if fully documented. This appeal must be made in writing and must include documentation such as medical bills, insurance claims, etc. The semester extension will not be granted without the written approval of the majority of the committee. All decisions of the Committee are final.
The appeals committee shall have five (5) voting members including: a student, two administrators, a counselor and a representative from the administrative services area. A Financial Aid staff person shall serve as a nonvoting resource person at all meetings.
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