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Admissions Overview

Southern Careers Institute is dedicated to preparing our students for a successful career. We know how important it is to gain employment upon graduation. SCI has developed specialized services to do our part to help you get started in your chosen career field. Our staff can provide assistance on par with any San Antonio, Austin, & Texas college admissions teams!

Admissions Requirements

In order to gain acceptance to the program of your choice, you must meet the minimum requirements. These requirements are required for all applicants (unless otherwise noted).

After satisfying admissions requirements, students will complete an Enrollment Agreement and make satisfactory arrangements to pay all charges.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
    Applicants under the age of 18 must have a high school diploma or GED and written permission from a parent or legal guardian to enroll at SCI.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. 
    Programs are not offered in any language other than English.
  • Must be able to physically complete coursework.
    Applicants are required to physically complete the skills required in the career field for which they are being trained.
  • Pharmacy Technician program will not accept any applicant with a felony conviction.
    Pharmacy technician students should also be prepared to have their fingerprints taken at the expense of the student.
  • Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program requires applicants to undergo a background check, pass a drug test, and be hired by a partnering dealership. SCI will help schedule interviews with partnering dealerships prior to starting class.

Reasonable Accommodations Policy – Individuals with Disabilities

SCI does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of physical or mental disability and is fully committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with a disability, unless providing such accommodations would result in an undue burden on the institution or fundamentally alter the nature of the relevant program, benefit, or service provided by SCI. Students may request an accommodation by contacting the Director of Education. Individuals requesting an accommodation will need to complete a Request for Accommodation at least three weeks before the first day of classes, or as soon as feasible. Disagreements regarding an appropriate accommodation or alleged violations of this policy may be addressed pursuant to SCI’s grievance procedures.

Financial Aid Services

Making the decision to go back to school is a wise investment in your future. Do not let the price of obtaining your education intimidate you from attending a career training program.

We know you have a lot of questions, and we are prepared to provide a lot of answers. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid Officer to determine if you are eligible for SCI’s Grants or Scholarships. Southern Careers Institute tuition assistance is available to those who qualify. At Southern Careers Institute, we have a knowledgeable team of Financial Aid Officers who are dedicated to each student’s education goals. We are familiar with the financial aid programs available and are trained to match your needs to obtain funding for eligible SCI students. While SCI provides a variety of financial assistance programs and financing options, students may need to supplement their own finances to meet educational costs. Use the Net Price Calculator as a resource to assist you in planning your career preparation.

Funding Options

Students attending career training may receive grants and scholarships, which are awarded based on the individual’s financial need. If additional funding is needed, student loans are available, if qualified. Students who receive funding through grants and scholarships do not have to repay the balance of the award. We encourage and provide resources for our students to find additional scholarships and grants offered by outside organizations. Students taking out loans are required to repay the balance according to the loan agreement. To determine eligibility for loans, grants, and/or scholarships, please contact a Financial Aid Officer who will assist you with any questions you may have.

Financial Aid Programs

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) & school scholarship match
Grants

SCI believes everyone choosing to pursue higher education should have open opportunity to do so, regardless of financial status.

That’s why we have a knowledgeable team of Financial Aid Officers who are dedicated to each student’s education goals. We are familiar with the financial aid programs available and are trained to match your needs to obtain funding for eligible SCI students.

Federal Pell Grant

A Federal Pell Grant is awarded to an undergraduate student who has not yet earned a bachelor’s degree, is enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program, has earned a high school diploma or a GED, and is a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. The amount of the grant is dependent upon financial need, among other factors.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

Federal Direct Loan Programs are low-interest education loans for students and parents to assist furthering a student’s education after high school and are lent directly from the U.S. Department of Education. Loan types include:

  • Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans
    (Direct Subsidized Loans)
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans
    (Direct Unsubsidized Loans)
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans
    (Direct PLUS Loans)
  • Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
    (Direct Consolidation Loans)

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) & school scholarship match

FSEOG Programs are awarded to approximately 3,800 participating postsecondary institutions, of which SCI is proud to be included. The program provides need-based grants to help low-income undergraduate students continue their education. To apply, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process for an FSEOG. SCI must give priority to students with “exceptional need” as defined by the U.S. Department of Education and to those who are also Federal Pell Grant recipients.

If additional funding is needed, student loans are available, if qualified. Students who receive funding through grants and scholarships do not have to repay the balance of the award. To determine eligibility for loans, grants, and/or scholarships, please contact a Financial Aid Officer who will assist you with any questions you may have.

Military Assistance

Southern Careers Institute understands that military personnel have spent years serving their country, and we are ready to serve them.

The fast, to-the-point education at Southern Careers Institute helps veterans transition to their desired place in the work force swiftly and smoothly. Your ideal career is only one career training program away at Southern Careers Institute.

Military personnel and dependents looking to learn additional, valuable skill sets for their current military position, or get started in a new occupation, will find the career training programs at Southern Careers Institute a rewarding investment. Attend one of SCI’s career schools to open the doors to an exciting career in fields like administration, medical, pharmaceuticals, accounting, and more. The career training programs are tailored to meet the job requirements of specific careers.

Our programs are approved for VA funding.* Our Funding Specialists at SCI are available to help with the military finance programs. Paperwork from the Department of Veterans Affairs can be tedious, which is why SCI is more than willing to help military students every step of the way.

We provide assistance with GI Bill Education and other military assistance program paperwork including:

  • Montgomery GI Bill College & Education Assistance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
  • Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill Education Assistance
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
  • Selective Reserve Option of MGIB
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program

Military funding may cover the costs of obtaining a college education or training in the medical assistant program, pharmacy technician program, business accounting specialist program, medical billing and coding program, and more! Finance Officers at all Southern Careers Institute campuses will answer military personnel and dependents’ questions on how to best apply their military benefits to their selected program.

SCI is committed to your success. Take a look at our Shopping Sheet and start planning for your future!

Military students looking to jump-start a new and exciting career should visit the admissions page to get started. Military students must meet the admissions requirements of other students for entry. Veterans, reserve, active duty, and military family members can take control of their future at Southern Careers Institute today.

For more information about Military assistance send your inquires to

Richard L. Abrams
Executive Director – Military Operations
USA Retired MBA, MSM
[email protected]

Credit Transfer

In College & Transferring to SCI? Considering Another School Transfer to SCI? We Can Help!

At Southern Careers Institute, we recognize that our students may have previous training or educational experience. If you are completing a school transfer, you must provide a transcript and detailed course descriptions for review prior to starting school. By providing an option to transfer past experience, our students may be able to reduce the costs and length of program completion, within the guidelines of state and federal law. Please be advised that the acceptance of credits from another school/state board is at the sole discretion of the Southern Careers Institute educational institution & college transfer team.

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Are you a current SCI student considering another program?

At Southern Careers Institute, we understand that your goals may change. We are able to assist students who are interested in another program. To transfer from one program to another, only courses previously taken, and that are required in the new program, can be credited to the new program. The credits must be current and relevant to the new program. Any transferred courses must meet the minimum GPA requirement at the time of the signing of the new Enrollment Agreement to be considered eligible for transfer. Should a student decide to transfer to another institution, it is important to note that the receiving institution has the sole responsibility for determining which, if any, SCI credits will transfer. SCI cannot guarantee, and does not imply, that any institution will accept credits from SCI.

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”

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Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”

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Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”

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Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”

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Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”

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Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”

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Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”

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Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”

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Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”

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Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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