Financial Aid

  • Financial aid funds automatically apply to your tuition when you register for classes each quarter. Financial aid funds credit to tuition charges two weeks before the payment due date.
  • You are responsible for paying the balance owing to the Cashier’s Office by the payment due date each quarter if funds are not sufficient to pay your full tuition, fees and other charges.
  • Funds from a Work Study award cannot be used to pay tuition or fee charges.
  • The following funding sources may be applied to the total tuition and fees bill:
    • Federal Ford Direct Loans
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
    • Academic Competitiveness Grant
    • Tuition Grant
    • Tuition Waiver
    • Student Activities Grant
    • Washington State Need Grant
    • Opportunity Grant

You will receive a check for any financial aid funds that exceed your tuition, fees and other charges.

How do I get my financial aid check?

  • You will need a picture ID card when picking up any check.
  • Checks that are mailed go to your address on record. Be sure to update your mailing address to keep it current.
Disbursement Institution Location Date
First financial aid check SFCC Student Union Building
Bldg. 17, Lounges A and B
First day of each quarter
First financial aid check IEL, Colville, Inchelium, Ione, Newport, Republic, and Pullman Centers Pick up checks at your center First day of each quarter
Subsequent checks All Students Mailed to student's home address on record.  

How does adding or dropping classes affect my financial aid check?

Checks are generated before the start of each quarter based on your enrollment status. Check amounts may be incorrect if you later add or drop classes.

  • If you add classes before Census Day and change your enrollment status you may receive additional grant funds.
  • If you drop classes before Census Day and change your Financial Aid Status, you may be required to repay the funds you received for which you were not entitled.

My financial aid check may be incorrect. What should I do?

Contact the Financial Aid Office if you think the amount of your check is incorrect. Checks cannot be adjusted after the census day each quarter.

Quarter Census Day
Fall, Winter, and Spring 10th work day of the quarter
Summer 8th day of the quarter

You can receive financial aid for any enrollment status for most types of aid.

Full Time 12 or more credits
Three-quarter Time 9 - 11 credits
Half Time 6 - 8 credits
Less than Half Time 5 or fewer credits
You may receive Pell Grant funding in some cases.

All financial aid awards are based on full time enrollment. If you will enroll less than full time, your award will be pro-rated down to the appropriate enrollment status before the check is printed.

How does adding or dropping classes affect my financial aid check?

Checks are generated before the start of each quarter based on your enrollment status. Check amounts may be incorrect if you later add or drop classes.

  • If you add classes before Census Day and change your enrollment status you may receive additional grant funds.
  • If you drop classes before Census Day and change your enrollment status, you may be required to repay the funds you received for which you were not entitled.