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SMC|Enrollment Development|Financial Aid and Scholarships|Introduction

Introduction

Orientation

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 my Financial Aid Award Letter 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 the award letter?
  • 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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