Apply for Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Checklist gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply for financial aid once you have applied for admission to Seminole State College.
Note: You should never pay to have your financial aid application processed. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be completed online. If you have questions about financial aid information you receive or about the steps below, contact our Financial Aid Office.
To be eligible for federal, state or institutional support, you must go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Seminole State College’s Federal School Code is 001520. Be sure to enter this number when prompted.
FAFSA applications generally take two to three weeks to evaluate. You must complete a new application each academic year to retain financial aid eligibility. Check the College Catalog for Seminole State priority deadlines.
After your FAFSA has been evaluated and you have registered for classes, log in to MySeminoleState, and select “View Financial Aid” to review your award. If a financial aid award has not been posted to your account, it probably means one of three things:
- Seminole State has not yet received your FAFSA information from the U.S. Department of Education. (Remember: Processing usually takes two to three weeks.)
- You do not meet Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) (familiarize yourself with the SAP terms and conditions).
- There is an issue with your application. For more information, call 407.708.2045.
Your “To-Do List” will tell you if any additional tasks must be completed to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid. To view your list, log in to MySeminoleState and select “Student Center” from the main menu. Your To-Do List will be posted in the right-hand column of the page. If there are additional tasks to be completed, you will be directed to the FA Verification Portal. For more information, please visit the verfication webpage.
If you are receiving financial aid, once you have registered for classes, you must defer your tuition and fee payment. To do so, log in to MySeminoleState, and click on the “Accept/Decline Awards" link in your Student Center. First, you will accept your award. Then, you will defer your fees.
Deferring your fees advances your due date by 60 days so your classes are not dropped for non-payment while your financial aid is certified. Deferring payment does not mean that your tuition and fees will be paid for in full. The deferment process must be completed each term.
Award amount(s) shown serve as estimates only and will not be finalized until your file is complete. The award amounts are packaged assuming full-time status. When the award amounts actually disburse, the disbursed amounts may be prorated based on your actual enrollment after the add/drop period. For example, if you enroll only half time, your Pell Grant amount disbursed will be half of the awarded amount.
Log in to MySeminoleState, and select “Total Due Charges” to ensure that your payment deadline has been extended. If your deferment does not appear, you will need to resubmit your request or risk being dropped from your classes.
In addition to your payment deadline, the Total Due Charges page tells you how much you owe the College each term. If your tuition and fees exceed your total financial aid award amount, you will be required to pay the difference.
You may use your financial aid to purchase books (required texts only) at the Seminole State Bookstore – up to $800 per term – if your financial aid file indicates that you will receive a refund. The bookstore will charge these items to your financial aid account, which is automatically created when you accept your award and defer your fees. (Please allow approximately 24 hours for account setup.)
If you wish to purchase your books using your estimated financial aid, you must do so within the window of opportunity posted in the online calendar. You will unable to charge books to your financial aid after the posted last day.
In order to charge bookstore purchases to your financial aid account, you must:
- Accept and defer your fees.
- Submit your high school transcript to the College.
- Enroll in at least six credit hours.
Choose one of three options to receive your financial aid refund:
- Direct deposit into your bank account
- Seminole State Prepaid Card
- Paper check
To do so, visit seminolestate.edu/refund-options/ for details.
If accepting a loan, you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours. (Note: Session A-only and B-only students are not eligible for Direct Loans. Students must be enrolled for the entire semester.) Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) as well as Loan Entrance Counseling. To access the MPN and Entrance Counseling, visit www.studentloans.gov or use the links in your MySeminoleState Student Center.