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Financial Aid

Aid for All.

Each year we award over $1 million in scholarships. In addition to robust academic scholarships, we also offer scholarships for students pursuing certain majors, those with artistic or performing talent, people who live in neighboring communities, the list goes on.

It's all part of our mission of making college accessible for all.  

Read on to learn how to get the assistance you need to pursue the life you want.

Types of Aid

A quick overview of the various types of financial aid. 


Aid that does not need to be repaid, but has specific eligibility requirements. Requirements vary by scholarship. Learn more about scholarships here.


Aid that does not need to be repaid. Read more about grants here.


Supplemental financial aid that must be repaid. Click here for more information on loans.

Student Employment (Work Study)

Aid that supplements your educational cost through on-or off-campus employment. Browse all student jobs here.

How to Get Financial Aid

Important Dates

Aid for 2024-25 Academic Year

December 31, 2023: FAFSA application open

May 1, 2024: Priority deadline to file FAFSA for state aid

June 30, 2025: Deadline to file FAFSA for federal aid



Aid for 2023-24 Academic Year

October 1, 2022: FAFSA application open

March 1, 2023: Priority deadline to file FAFSA for state aid

June 30, 2024: Deadline to file FAFSA for federal aid


To qualify for federal financial aid you must...

  • Have earned a high school diploma or G.E.D.,
  • Be enrolled as a degree- or certificate-seeking student at SMC,
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-U.S. citizen,
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if male and 18 years of age or over),
  • Not currently be in federal loan default or owe a refund on a federal grant,
  • Not concurrently be receiving financial aid from another institution of higher education, and
  • Maintain SMC and federal requirements regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress.