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Everyone choosing to pursue higher education should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of financial status.

Grants are designed to make in-school payments more affordable for students and lower debt upon graduation. Grants from individuals, nonprofits, and the federal government are awarded based on financial need and do not need to be repaid. Like scholarships, students receive grants without a need for repayment. On most occasions, the government or a generous individual awards these grants without tying them to your academic performance. If you’re looking for options for paying for Southern Careers Institute, seek out as many grants as you qualify for to help offset a portion of your tuition.
 
 

Southern Careers Institute Institutional Grant Details

To change more lives, Southern Careers Institute offers a variety of institutional grants that students may qualify for. These grants are in keeping with the Institution’s long-standing tradition of providing excellent educational programs while assisting students in overcoming college affordability and completion challenges. Southern Careers Institute offers several institutional options to choose from.

Financial Literacy Grant

  • Purpose: In keeping with the Institution’s long-standing tradition of providing excellent educational programs while assisting students overcome the challenges of college affordability, financial literacy, and completion. This grant is designed to lower debt upon graduation and make in-school payments more affordable for students.
  • Qualification: Enrolled in an approved SCI online program and matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges or military, including from other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog.
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $2,800
  • Current Modifications: Any student enrolled for an August or September start will receive aid to cut their first three in-school payment in half.

Need-Based Grant

  • Purpose: The Need-Based Grant makes going back to school easier by lowering the overall cost of tuition. This grant is reserved for applicants with high expected family contribution and willing to invest in their career at enrollment.
  • Qualification: Enrolled in an approved SCI online program and matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges or military, including from other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog. Plus, a minimum upfront tuition payment upon enrollment.
  • Max Grant Amount:
    • 250 upfront tuition payment = up to $3,000 
    • 500 upfront tuition payment = up to $4,000
    • 750 upfront tuition payment = up to $4,500
  • Current Modifications: None 

Woman in Tech

  • Purpose: To help change more lives, SCI may offer the Women in Tech Grant for specific start dates and programs. The Women in Tech Grant makes going back to school easier by lowering the overall cost of tuition.
  • Qualification: Aspiring female programmers who are applying for technical related programs and have valid U.S. photo IDs. This Grant is only available for those applicants who submit a complete application and commit to continuous enrollment.
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $1,000
  • Current Modifications: None 

Student Success

  • Purpose: In keeping with the Institution’s long-standing tradition of providing excellent educational programs while assisting students to overcome the challenges of college affordability, financial literacy, and completion. This grant is designed to lower debt upon graduation and make in-school payments more affordable for students.
  • Qualification: Enrolled in an approved SCI online program and matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges or military, including from other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog. Requires an upfront tuition payment.
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $2,800
  • Current Modifications: Not offered for Aug. or Sept. 2021 Start Dates

High School Best Scholarship

  • Purpose: First-time students who enroll and attend an SCI campus within six (6) months of their high school graduation date.
  • Qualification: 3.5 HS GPA  
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $3,000
  • Current Modifications: None 

High School Scholarship

  • Purpose: First-time students who enroll and attend an SCI campus within 90 days of their high school graduation date.
  • Qualification: HS grad within 90-days   
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $1,500
  • Current Modifications: None  

SCI Military Grant

  • Purpose: The Military grant is for Military Members (Active, Veteran, and Retired), their spouses, and dependents to assist in providing funding to attend a program of study at Southern Careers Institute.
  • Qualification: To be eligible for the Southern Careers Institute Military Grant, a candidate must be accepted for admission, and verify Military Affiliation status.
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $2,000
  • Current Modifications: None 

Sponsor’s Grant

  • Purpose: If requested, SCI will match a sponsor’s contribution with an additional grant for a student who is sponsored by another organization. A sponsor may be an employer and/or a state, municipal, or federal agency.
  • Qualification: Proof of Sponsor award
  • Max Grant Amount: If the student is eligible for a Pell Grant, SCI will match up to the sponsor’s contribution after the Pell Grant is applied. Total contributions cannot exceed the cost of the program. If the student is not eligible for a Pell grant, the institution will match half (½) of the sponsor’s contribution, not to exceed the cost of the program.
  • Current Modifications: None  

Debt Forgiveness Grant

  • Purpose: To help change more lives, SCI may offer the Debt Forgiveness Grant for specific start dates and programs. The purpose of this program is to assist our prior students to continue their educational journey while supporting and encouraging them to improve their marketability in today’s job market.
  • Qualification: Students who withdrew from class within the last 365 days and meet SAP requirements are eligible for the grant.
  • Max Grant Amount: Up to $2,000
  • Current Modifications: None 

Federal Grant Details

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 in 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) 

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.

Student Loans and FAFSA®

You may be eligible for federal loans to help finance your education. Our team is available to assist with applications and your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA®) if needed.

To determine eligibility for loans, grants, and/or scholarships, please contact a Financial Aid team member who will assist you with any questions you may have. Our knowledgeable team of Financial Aid specialists is dedicated to each student’s education goals. We’re familiar with the financial aid programs available and are trained to match your needs to obtain funding for eligible SCI students.

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Institutional grant amount qualification is not guaranteed and not all students qualify.

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