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Santa Monica College|Enrollment Development|Financial Aid and Scholarships|Introduction



Welcome to the Santa Monica College Financial Aid Orientation! Please take the time to go over this brief orientation—so that you can learn ESSENTIAL information about your 2014-15 Financial Aid Award.

Students Walking On Campus

Through this on-line orientation you will get important information about the following questions:

  • What does the Award on my Financial Aid portal tell me?
  • What are the differences between a grant, a work study job, and a loan?
  • Do I get all of the money on the award letter?
  • What are the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for me?
  • When do I get my money on my Financial Aid portal?
  • What if I drop all of my classes? (Return of Title IV funds!)
  • What happens if I drop classes after I receive my financial aid checks – but do not drop all of my classes?
  • How do I get a Work Study Job?
  • What about loans?
  • What is the Financial Aid Census Date? And why is that important?
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