Financial aid is ﬁnancial assistance provided to eligible students through the Ofﬁce of Student Financial Aid in the form of grants, loans, part-time work, and scholarships to help pay the cost of attending college. Financial aid is routed through federal, state, and local agencies and programs. These may include scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG), Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP), Federal Work-Study Program (FWS), and Federal Stafford Loans. Aid eligibility is determined by a formula established by the Department of Education and an analysis of the family’s ﬁnancial information and demonstrated need. Additionally, students must be seeking a degree or certiﬁcate to obtain ﬁnancial aid. Financial Aid Applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Ofﬁce at Salish Kootenai College.
Rights & Responsibilities
The following policies apply to students who receive any of the following kinds of Financial Assistance: Pell, SEOG, MHEG, MTAP, Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Student Loans.
When your Financial Aid Award is revised, you are sent a revised award letter. Therefore, always read your most recent award letter to confirm your Financial Aid Award for the academic year.
Do I have to pay my bill if I am eligible for financial aid?
All accounts are due in full prior to the start of the quarter unless these accounts are paid in full by financial aid and/or scholarships.
How do I purchase my books?
If your Financial Aid Award is greater than your bill for tuition and fees, you may be allowed to charge your books providing it does not exceed the amount of the aid refund.
If you do not receive Financial Aid you will need to purchase books at your own expense. See Bookstore for list of books.
What happens if I withdraw from SKC?
You are encouraged to meet with your instructors and academic advisors, utilize tutorial services and speak with the Retention Office before withdrawing from SKC. This is important because your withdrawal may affect your eligibility for financial aid and could result in you having to repay all or a portion of your financial aid award to SKC or the Department of Education.
Do I need good grades to get Financial Aid?
Yes! We are required to confirm that you are attending and passing all of your courses and progressing toward your program of study at SKC. This is called Satisfactory Academic Progress. If you do not maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, you risk losing your Financial Aid Awards.
- You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and
- Complete at least 67% of your attempted hours to remain in good standing.
SKC’s Financial Aid Office reserves the right to change its policies and procedures in this brochure at any time during the period this publication is in effect.