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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

In keeping with the Institution’s long standing tradition of providing excellent educational programs while assisting students across Texas overcome the challenges of college affordability, financial literacy and completion, Southern Careers Institute may offer a variety of institutional grants based on eligibility.

Financial Literacy Grant

SCI may offer the Financial Literacy Grant for specific start dates and programs. This Grant is only available for those applicants who submit a complete application and commit to continuous enrollment. Determination of award amount will be based on matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges or military, including from other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog.

Need-Based Grant

This grant is reserved for applicants with high expected family contribution and willing to invest in their career at enrollment. This Grant is only available for those applicants who submit a complete application and commit to continuous enrollment. Determination of award amount will be based on matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges or military, including from other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog. Some programs may not qualify. Grant recipients must continue to satisfy the school’s stated Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) as defined in the school’s catalog to remain eligible for the grant. See the Financial Aid department for all requirements and parameters for institutional grants.

Woman in Tech

The Women in Tech Grant makes going back to school easier by lowering the overall cost of tuition by as much as $1,000 for grant recipients who meet the requirements of the grant which are: aspiring female programmers who are applying for technical related programs and have a valid U.S. photo ID (current U.S. passport, valid U.S. Visa, or current state-issued ID/driver’s license). This Grant is only available for those applicants who submit a complete application and commit to continuous enrollment.

Student Success

This Grant is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application for the associated starts in 2022 and commit to continuous enrollment and abide by the program requirements. SCI makes available a limited amount of money each year for 13 such grants. Once it is determined that available funding is exhausted, grants will not be available to otherwise eligible students. Determination of award amount will be based on: Students Initial Funding Level selection and Matriculation of all transfer credits from all other colleges, military and other SCI programs or campuses per the institution’s catalog.

High School Best Scholarship

SCI may offer a High School Best Scholarship to first-time SCI students who enroll and attend an SCI campus within six (6) months of their high school graduation with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). Students must have exhausted all federal and state funding and have an outstanding tuition balance. Each year, students at each applicable campus will be offered up to a $3,000 scholarship for their first academic year. Students will be considered for the High School Best Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process, have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, submitted the High School Best Scholarship application, and a copy of their high school transcripts. Applications are due by each start date; awards will be based on financial need as well as academic achievement. Scholarship applications will be evaluated as they are received. The High School Best Scholarship is not available for the Cosmetology Program or seminars. Once the maximum dollar amount of scholarship funds is awarded, no additional scholarships will be granted for the remainder of the calendar year. For 2022, a maximum of $420,000 in scholarship funding will be awarded in High School Best Scholarships.

High School Scholarship

SCI may offer a High School Scholarship to first time students who enroll and attend a Southern Careers Institute campus within six (6) months of their high school graduation date. Students must have exhausted all federal and state funding and have an outstanding tuition balance. Each year, students at each applicable campus will be offered up to a $1,500 scholarship for their first academic year. Students will be considered for the High School Scholarship once they have completed the admissions application process, have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and have submitted the High School Scholarship application and a copy of their proof of graduation showing graduation date. Applications are due by each start date. Scholarship applications will be evaluated as they are received. The High School Scholarship is not available for seminars. Once the maximum dollar amount of scholarship funds is awarded, no additional scholarships will be granted for the remainder of the year. For 2022, a maximum of $275,000 in scholarship funding will be awarded in High School Scholarships. 

SCI Military Grant

To continue to serve our Military Members and their families, Southern Careers Institute has established a Military Grant of up to $1,100. 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 SCI. The student is eligible to participate if enrolled at SCI using benefits from one of the following programs:

  1. MGIB Montgomery GI Bill®I, 9/11 GI Bill®I, Forever GI Bill®I
  2. Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service Program
  3. Tuition Assistance for Active Duty
  4. My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
  5. Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available on the U.S. Government GI Bill® website (https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill).

Sponsor’s Grant

If requested, SCI will match sponsor’s contribution with an additional grant for a student who is sponsored by another organization. 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. Any portion of the program cost which is not covered by grants, sponsor, and scholarship, will be paid by the student while in school.

Debt Forgiveness Grant

The purpose of this grant 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. Students who withdrew from class within the last 365 days and meet SAP requirements are eligible for the grant.

Dream Act Grant

This Grant is only valid for those applicants who submit a complete application for the associated starts in 2022 and commit to continuous enrollment and abide by the program laid out below. The Institute makes available a limited amount of money each year for such grants. Once it is determined that available funding is exhausted, grants will not be available to otherwise eligible students.

Career Opportunity Grant

The Career Opportunity Grant makes going back to school easier by lowering the overall cost of tuition by as much as $4,000 for grant recipients. Grant available to those who qualify.

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®

SCI’s knowledgeable team of Education Finance Specialists are dedicated to each student’s educational goals and are familiar with financial aid programs available. For assistance with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA®) or to determine eligibility for loans, grants, and/or scholarships, please contact a Financial Aid team member who will assist with any questions you may have.

Austin [email protected]

Brownsville [email protected]

Corpus Christi [email protected]

Pharr [email protected]

San Antonio South [email protected]

San Antonio North SanAnto[email protected]

Waco [email protected]

Online [email protected]

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

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