Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

When you apply to SMC and submit a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we will automatically consider you for most grants and scholarships.

What you should know about grants and scholarships:

  1. Unlike loans, they do not have to be repaid.
  2. Some are awarded based on financial need. Others are awarded for good grades (merit-based)
  3. To qualify for grants and scholarships, you must submit a FAFSA by June 30 in the year you plan to attend college.
  4. When you submit a FAFSA and add SMC as a college of interest, we’ll automatically apply any grants/scholarships for which you qualify to your cost to attend SMC.


Federal Grants

If you qualify for these federal grants, they will be automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT

  • Entirely need-based
  • Completion of FAFSA required
  • Awards range from $606 to $5920 based on full-time enrollment
  • Does not have to be repaid

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT (FSEOG)

  • First priority given to Pell grant recipients
  • Awarded on first-come, first-served basis
  • Does not have to be repaid


State Grants and Scholarships

If you qualify for federal grants, they will be automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.



SMC Merit Scholarships

If you qualify for SMC Merit Scholarships, they are automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.



United Methodist Church Scholarships

United Methodist Church Scholarships ARE NOT automatically applied to your Financial Aid award.

You must apply for these scholarships separately following the instructions below.



Outside Scholarships

There are lots of other scholarships available. Here are just a few, plus some ideas for how to discover others. Note: Outside scholarships must be applied for separately and ARE NOT automatically awarded at SMC.