Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions For Financial Aid
1. What is the FAFSA Title IV School Code for South Plains College?
2. How do I reach a Financial Aid Advisor?
Please call ext. 3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3. How do I begin the Financial Aid application process?
4. Why do I have to use my parents’ income on the FAFSA?
are required to use parents’ income on the FAFSA
unless they are 24 years of age, married, veteran, an orphan/ward
of the court, a graduate student or have a dependent that they
provide 51% of their financial support. Students with special
circumstances should contact the Office of Financial Aid.
5. Why did I have to turn
in tax returns and other paperwork; and my
friends didn’t have to?
Department of Education selects students at random for
6. What if I haven’t filed my tax return?
will allow you to estimate your income; but it is best
you wait until you have filed.
7. Which FAFSA do I have to complete for summer?
summer ’09, you need the 08-09 FAFSA and for fall
spring ’10, and summer ’10, you need the 09-10 FAFSA.
8. What are the priority deadlines** ?
March 1st for summer, June 10th for fall and October 15 for spring.
9. What are the absolute deadlines*** for completing the FAFSA
June 30, 2009 for 08-09 and June 30, 20010 for 09-10.
10. Are there part-time jobs available on campus?
complete the College Work-study Application and view our
available positions online at www.southplainscollege.edu.
11. What do I do if I have a scholarship?
Send your certificate or letter to the SPC Foundation to
attention of Lola Hernandez as soon as possible so that your
funds may be placed on the computer for use to pay tuition,
fees, books and supplies. If you have questions, call ext. 2219
or email email@example.com
12. What do I do if I have an outside source paying for my college?
Students who have Texas Rehab, Federal Rehab, Texas National
Guard and Texas Tomorrow Fund should send their documentation
to the Business Office or contact them at ext. 2400.
13. What do I do if I have an exemption?
Documentation for Foster Care, Blind, Deaf, Fireman,
of Slain Police Officers and Hazlewood should submit
their documentation to the Admissions and Records Office for
approval. Returning students may contact Financial Aid directly to
have their exemption applied to a future semester with the
exception of Fireman and Hazlewood which have to resubmit forms
every semester. Teachers Aide, Early High School and
Americorp are handled exclusively by Financial Aid.
14. Why am I on suspension when I paid for those semesters myself?
you apply for Financial Aid all semesters must be
for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)****.
15. Can I attend another college to have my Financial Aid suspension
No, hours must be taken at SPC.
16. If I take a semester off, will that lift my Financial Aid suspension?
17. What must be done in order to have my Financial Aid Suspension
would need to have an appeal approved, or pay for and
successfully complete at least 6 credit hours during 1 semester at
SPC with your own funds.
18. If I am suspended and I want to appeal, what is the weekly appeal
Appeals that are received by 4pm on Thursday will be seen by
Appeals Committee the following Monday or Tuesday.
19. If I was a full-time student when I was placed on suspension, can
I retake just the one class that placed me on suspension to have it
No, you would need
to successfully complete 6 hours during 1
semester to have your suspension lifted.
20. Why do I have a 2.00 GPA from Admissions but I have been placed
on Financial Aid suspension?
The Financial Aid GPA
includes all developmental work and the
GPA from the Admissions and Records Office is only college level
21. What will happen to my Financial Aid if I drop one class?
is before the official census date*****, the grants will
downward and the student will not be penalized by the Satisfactory
Academic Progress Policy (SAP). If it is after the official census
date, the grant funds are frozen and the student will be penalized
by the (SAP) Policy.
22. What happens to my loan if I drop below 6 hours?
Prior to the official census date you will be required to
the loan funds to SPC for your first check and your second
check will be cancelled. After the census date, only your second
check will be cancelled.
23. What happens if I withdraw from all of my classes?
Prior to the completion of 60% of the semester, you will
required to return a portion of your aid to the Business
Office and possibly the Financial Aid Office and you will be placed
on Financial Aid probation or suspension (SAP). After the 60%
point, only (SAP) will be affected.
24. What if I receive all “F” grades on all of my classes?
If the grades are
earned, meaning you have attended or
participated in your classes up to or past the 60% point, you
will only be penalized by (SAP). If your last day of attendance
is prior to the 60% point then you will also have to return funds.
TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
*Verification-is the process whereby the Financial Aid
compares the data reported on the FAFSA Form to the
information that has been submitted to the Financial Aid
**Priority deadline—is the deadline by which all students
complete their files if they want to be considered for all types
of aid including limited funding for some grants and on-campus
jobs. It is also the deadline to ensure that student funding
will be available for the preregistration payday and open
Deadline-is last day you can submit a FAFSA form to
the Department of Education for the current school year. It is
the June 30th deadline following the students’ attendance for
the previous fall and/or spring terms.
Academic Progress (SAP)-is the federal requirement
that all Financial Aid Offices track your academic progress
towards earning your certificate, associate degree or transfer
hours. It contains the following three components: cumulative
GPA, length of attendance and hours attempted versus hours
*****Official Census Date-is
the 12th class day for the fall and spring
terms. For 5 week summer terms, it is the 4th class day. For
any other length sessions, please inquire in the Financial Aid