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South Texas College in McAllen Doesn’t Have to Be Hard to Pay For

Whatever your financial situation, you can afford South Texas college in McAllen. Schools like Southern Careers Institute offer a variety of financial support, ranging from grants and loans to accepting veterans’ benefits. Here are some of the top choices offered by many colleges and trade schools in McAllen.  

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans come in four different types:

  • Subsidized. For students with demonstrated financial need. Provided that you are enrolled for at least half-time, you pay no interest during your studies, the grace period, and deferment periods.
  • Unsubsidized. Available for all undergraduate and vocational students, regardless of financial need. You pay interest at all times.
  • PLUS. Unsubsidized loans for parents.
  • Consolidation. Used to combine all your eligible federal students loans.

To find out which type of loan you will be able to receive and how much you can borrow, you need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school to which you want to apply will then send you an award letter detailing your financial aid awards.  

Federal Pell Grant
If you are able to receive a Federal Pell Grant, this is even better than a loan, as you will never be required to pay the funds back. The maximum amount students are able to receive changes every year, but for 2015 to 2016, the limit is $5,775. How much you will be able to gain will depend on factors including your financial need, the price of your tuition, the length of your program, and whether you will be studying full time or part time.  

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
Undergraduates with exceptional financial need can also receive a Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). Again, you must first submit a FAFSA to find out if you are eligible, and students who are already receiving a Federal Pell Grant have priority. Like the Federal Pell Grant, you never need to repay your FSEOG. You can receive anywhere from $100 to $4,000 per year, based on your need for the money, the availability of funds from your school, and when you apply — you will have a higher chance of gaining a FSEOG if you apply early. Your school will pay the grant amount into your student account or give it to you directly on at least two occasions per year.  

Veterans’ Benefits
Many colleges and trade schools in Texas accept VA funding to pay for classes and some even provide support with the related paperwork. To find out if you can use your military benefits and for which programs you can use such funding, you will need to check with schools.   In addition to submitting your FAFSA, talk to a finance officer at the South Texas college in McAllen where you want to enroll. Finance staff can give you the best advice about what may be available for your individual situation and provide you with resources for external organizations that may be able to increase your funds through additional scholarships and grants.

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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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