Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships, loans, grants and work study.


Unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Scholarship criteria can be based on:

  • academic achievement
  • athletic ability
  • artistic talent
  • financial need
  • involvement in the community
  • particular fields of study

Applying for scholarships is separate from applying for federal and state financial aid. To search for scholarships, visit the Financial Aid office, the SCC Foundation Scholarships and www.thewashboard.org.


Federal loans are available to students and parents. Eligibility is determined through the FAFSA. Separate loan forms and processes must be completed. Repayment is in accordance with the terms of the loan. Private loan are also available from various sources, but first make sure you have applied for other forms of state and federal financial aid that you might be eligible for. Visit our Loans page for more information.


Grants, and tuition waivers, are based on need as determined by the FAFSA. They do not need to be repaid and they are available to students who have not already earned a bachelor's degree. Priority for some grants is given to students who complete their financial aid application process by the early application deadline. Grants and waivers are awarded as long as funds remain available. For more information, visit our Grants page.

Work Study

Aid in the form of part-time work, on or off campus, is provided by federal and state government. If you are eligible, Work Study may be one of the components of your total financial aid package. Priority is given to students meeting the early financial aid deadline and it is awarded as long as funds remain available.

Students who receive Work Study can work up to 19 hours a week. The amount of Work Study hours you receive depends on financial need and availability of positions. When you complete the FAFSA, you must mark that you are interested in Work Study.

For a current list of available Work Study positions, please visit the bulletin board outside of the Financial Aid Office.

If you would like more information, contact the work study coordinator, 206-546-4761.