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SFCC offers a variety of scholarships based on students’ needs and donor requirements. Scholarships are considered part of SFCC’s financial aid program.  The Financial Aid Office may reduce other aid already approved to prevent giving financial assistance in excess of unmet need.


The general eligibility requirements for all SFCC scholarships include:



  • New Mexico Residency (except for scholarships available to international students)

  • Enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours

  • Term and Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher

  • Declared a major that is eligible for financial aid

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov.  International/Undocumented students complete the Dreamers Financial Aid Application.

The City of Santa Fe partnered with the SFCC Foundation to provide scholarships for Veterans who do not have access to Veterans Education benefits and their dependents.  Scholarship awards are up to $2,000 per semester for full time enrollment.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicants must be high school graduates or have received their High School Equivalency
  • Applicants must be a Veteran or Veteran’s dependent. (Dependents can include Veterans’ grandchildren)
  • Applicants must be New Mexico residents
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the fall 2020 semester
  • Applicants must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Applicants must have a 2.5 term OR cumulative GPA. New SFCC students are eligible for funding*

    • Funds will be prioritized for students who are within three semesters of completing their degree
    • Funds will also be prioritized for students without access to additional financial aid

  • Applicants must file a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Applicants must be declared in a major that is eligible for financial aid
  • Applicants must attach a 300-500 word essay that describes your educational goals and how this funding will help you achieve them
  • Applicants’ applications must be signed by SFCC’s VA Certifying Official verifying your application was screened and you are not eligible for Veterans’ education benefits.
  • Applicants must provide a current degree plan and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours from that plan.
  • Applicants must provide a copy of your DD214 or your parent’s/spouse’s/grandparent’s DD214. If you need assistance obtaining this document contact the Veterans Resource Center at (505) 428-1305, email krystal.patton@sfcc.edu or drop in and visit in Room LL 302.  The VRC is open Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • Recipients are limited to the equivalent of 3 academic years of awards (9 consecutive semesters) or until they graduate; whichever comes first.

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year is open!  The deadline to apply is June 26, 2020. Applications will be accepted after June 26 and will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funding is available. Click Here to Apply Now

Contract for Better Tomorrow is a performance based scholarship which helps students complete and graduate from one of SFCC’s certificate or associate degree programs.  The Domanica Foundation, Santa Fe Community College and the SFCC Foundation collectively support the CBT program and its recipients.

Eligibility requirements for participation in CBT:

  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  • receive financial aid through SFCC (students may not receive financial aid through other schools).
  • be a first generation college student
  • working not more than an average of 20 hours per week
  • have a high school or GED diploma or have received the international equivalent of a high school degree.
  • be first-time degree seeking student who has not received a two year or four year degree prior to CBT participation.
  • currently enrolled in at least 9 credit hours at SFCC.
  • International students are eligible!

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year is open!  Click Here to Apply Now

Students Helping Students is an emergency financial assistance program funded by the generous donations of SFCC students, faculty and staff. Its purpose is to provide emergency financial assistance for continuing SFCC students who are facing unforeseen circumstances which may prevent them from coming to school.

To apply for emergency funding students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must have previously completed at least two semesters at SFCC.
  • Students must live in New Mexico.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for credit and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Students must be degree seeking.
  • Students must have an unforeseen circumstance that could not reasonably be planned for that could keep them from coming to SFCC.
  • Documentation is required for all emergency financial assistance requests.

Students Helping Students emergency funding applications are only available when classes are in session.  You may drop by the Financial Aid Office in Room 202 of the Welcome and Advising Center or email financialaid@sfcc.edu from your SFCC email account to request an application.

Additional important information:

  • Emergency assistance awards may not exceed a student’s unmet need.
  • Examples of eligible expenses include: housing/rent, food/meals, medical/dental expenses, personal automobile expenses or public transportation expenses, utilities or child care.
  • Examples of ineligible expenses include: legal fees, tobacco, alcohol, and entertainment expenses including gambling.
  • Awards are limited to $200 maximum. Students are limited to one award. If you have previously received Students Helping Students assistance you are not eligible to apply.
  • Every student is considered for emergency assistance without regard toward race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender or citizenship status. Assistance is based solely on the criteria specified in the application.

Please remember to take advantage of Santa Fe Community College’s counseling, advising and support services by visiting the Academic Advising page.

Choose from the links below to view outside scholarship opportunities:

Future Forward New Mexico Scholarship

The Future Forward New Mexico Scholarship is awarded to two promising SFCC
students each academic year who have been case-managed by Communities in Schools
of New Mexico in high school, and are first-generation college-bound New Mexicans. The
selected students have shown resilience, determination, and have overcome barriers
that would have traditionally kept them from graduating high school or attending college.
The FFNM Scholarship provides non-academic flexible financial aid (fees for housing,
transportation, living expenses, tutoring, counseling, etc The recipients must plan to
pursue higher education, and have career goals that will positively impact the future
needs of the state of New Mexico. Each chosen recipient has the opportunity to remain
on the scholarship for up to 10 semesters.

Scholarship Eligibility Details

  • Be a high school graduate that received case-managed support from Communities
  • in Schools through high school.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal
    Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.
  • Be a first generation college applicant.
  • Complete an admissions application for Santa Fe Community College.
  • Be enrolled full-time.

Scholarship application requirements

  • A letter of recommendation by the CIS Site Coordinator or other CIS staff member who has broad familiarity with the student.
  • One other recommendation from a non-CIS person (from school, community, etc.)
  • Submit an official high school transcript to SFCC Registrar.
  • A short, one-page Personal Statement. Please include your complete name and contact information.
  • What led the student to this point, and what is your interest in going to college?
  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

Scholarship Award Details

  • Scholarships provide non-academic funding for each recipient of $5,000 per semester to fill funding gaps.
  • Student should receive government (FAFSA) and NM Lottery scholarships to fund academics.
  • Tuition, Books, and Supplies are considered academic.
  • Scholarship funding for up to 10 semesters, as long as the recipient has a 2.0 GPA at the end of the first year and, a 2.5 at the end of subsequent years. The recipient must also remain in good standing with the academic institution.
  • Scholarship funding is awarded each semester once the student has been granted an academic scholarship and is enrolled in 12 credit hours.
  • Application Due: Friday June 30, 2020
  • Submit application in pdf format and send by email to: financialaid@sfcc.edu

The application for the 2020-2021 academic year is open!  The deadline to apply is June 26, 2020.  Click Here to Apply Now

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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 MySFCC access the email application section ‘Gmail for Students’, 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.