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Financial Aid - Federal and State Grants

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The Federal and State Grant Programs provide grants to undergraduate students who have financial need and meet other requirements. Although the U.S. Department of Education calculates the student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and performs certain eligibility matches, SFCC has many responsibilities in administering the program. We must ensure that a student meets the general eligibility requirements for any aid that is disbursed. Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to establish their continued eligibility for need-based financial assistance.

Grant Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance.
  • Enroll as a regular student in an eligible program.
  • Enroll in eligible courses. Some ineligible courses include GED and Continuing Education classes. Financial aid does not pay for classes taken in "audit" status. In addition, students may not receive financial aid for more than 30 credit hours of attempted developmental coursework.
  • Maintain financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Not be in default on any federal educational loans.
  • Not owe a refund on a grant.
  • Males must comply with Selective Service Registration requirements.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Not receive any form of financial aid from more than one college for the same period of enrollment
  • Be enrolled in the minimum number of credits required for the type of aid you are seeking. Enrollment requirements can vary between aid programs.
  • Have resolved any issues relating to a conviction of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal aid.

Repeat Coursework
The Department of Education has published regulations which impact students who repeat courses. Read Repeat Coursework regulations here.

Questions about any of these requirements should be addressed to the email address at the bottom of this page.

Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal need-based grant program awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. You apply for it automatically by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The amount you receive is based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled each term. If either of the above conditions changes, your grant will be adjusted. Full-time award amounts will be prorated for partial enrollment. You must reapply each year to reestablish your eligibility. The maximum award amount varies annually according to an appropriation from Congress.

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Certificates Approved for Pell Grants:

17 certificate programs have been approved for financial aid eligibility. Combined with the four Alternative Licensure certificates that have always been eligible, this will give us 21 financial aid-eligible certificate programs.

The approved certificates are:

  • Solar Energy
  • Water Treatment Operation
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Biofuels
  • Media Arts – Audio Production
  • Media Arts – Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Media Arts – Web Design
  • Green Building Systems
  • Green Building Construction
  • Residential Energy Auditor/Inspector
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Medical Assisting
  • Facilities Technologies
  • Drafting Technologies
  • Creative Writing
  • Plumbing
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
  • Early Childhood Teacher Certification
  • Elementary Education Teacher Certification
  • Secondary Education Teacher Certification
  • Special Education Teacher Certification

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Pell Grant for Teacher Alternative Licensure Program

Students who already have a Bachelor's Degree and who have been accepted into the Teacher Academy Certification Program at SFCC may be eligible to receive the Pell Grant. For detailed information on financial aid for Teacher Alternative Licensure go to the Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) web page.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This federal need-based grant is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. You apply for it automatically by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements to first receive a Federal Pell Grant before being considered for a SEOG Grant. Additionally, awards are based on the time of application and the availability of funds. Students must file a FAFSA each year to establish their continued eligibility for need-based financial assistance. This grant is administered by SFCC Financial Aid Office and has limited funding.

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College Affordability Grant

The College Affordability Grant is specifically for New Mexico residents who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for other state grants or scholarships. The grant is administered by SFCC Financial Aid Office and has limited funding. Potential recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the grant:

  • New Mexico residents
  • Undergraduate
  • Attend a public New Mexico college or university
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • May not be receiving any other state grants and scholarships
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours)
  • Non-traditional college student

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New Mexico Student Incentive Grant

The New Mexico Student Incentive Grant was created to provide aid for undergraduate students with substantial financial need who are attending public New Mexico institutions or eligible colleges in New Mexico. The grant is administered by SFCC Financial Aid Office and has limited funding. Potential recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the grant:

  • New Mexico Resident
  • Undergraduate
  • Attend a public New Mexico college or university
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours)

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To E-mail Financial Aid:

Federal regulations require that all financial aid inquiries come from your school e-mail address. Please e-mail all financial aid questions from your SFCC email account.
Log into JACK, access email account in upper right hand corner, and create a new email using "financialaid@sfcc.edu" in the address bar.

For more information please contact the Financial Aid office, 505-428-1268.

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