The College encourages prospective students who desire to enroll in a program but are experiencing financial difficulties to apply for assistance through the Financial Aid Office. Financial assistance for educational costs may be available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, or a combination thereof. While there are limited amounts of funds available for these purposes, every effort is made by the institution to assist those students who need financial assistance.

The purpose of financial assistance for students is to provide resources for students who without such resources would not be able to attend SCHS. All students who wish to apply for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. In order to complete and submit the application electronically, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov  and use the College code 012744.

A “FAFSA on the Web” worksheet is available online to assist you in completing the application. Information provided on the FAFSA and the amount of funds available for distribution determines the award amount. The total cost of the financial aid awarded should never exceed the cost of attending SCHS.

Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need, rather than scholastic aptitude. The amount of an award will vary and depends upon the students demonstrated and verified financial need. Financial aid will only be awarded to students who are in compliance with the state and federal laws and regulations for receiving aid. Students are encouraged to keep in close contact with the Financial Aid Department for financial resource updates and changes.

Financial aid awards from scholarships, grants and loans may be applied to the cost of attending SCHS and are generally credited directly to the student’s account. Qualifying students are entitled to purchase necessary textbooks at the College’s virtual bookstore (MBS Direct) with Financial Aid voucher. Please see Financial Aid Officer for more details.

For further information, please call the Financial Aid Department at 804-765-5800.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Application Procedure

Students in need of financial assistance are requested to follow this application procedure:

1. Apply for a PIN (Personal Identification Number). This is an electronic access code that will serve as your personal identifier and also allow you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Go to www.pin.ed.gov.

2. Complete the application for federal and state financial aid and submit electronically using the College’s school code 012744.

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply for financial aid.

3. After determination of scholarship and grant award, an award notification letter will be sent to the student. Any student who has not received an award notification within three to four weeks of the date he or she received a SAR (Student Aid Report) should contact the Financial Aid Office. Students that do not meet the criteria for federal or state grant programs will be notified of their non-eligible status.