Financial Aid


PLEASE NOTE: Some states and schools have limited funds, so don’t delay!


SSC must have an official high school or HSE transcript on file for those who plan to use Financial Aid. In order for a transcript to be deemed “official” it must be received in a sealed envelope and include the school seal and graduation date. A current state issued photo ID is needed for proof of residency. Contact Admissions at (708) 210-5718 (se habla Español) for more information or to schedule a tour.

Tips To Make The Financial Aid Process Go More Smoothly

  1. Fill out a South Suburban College application for admission.
  2. Take or send an Official copy of your High School transcripts or High School Equivalency (HSE) scores to the Admissions Office.
  3. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online and add South Suburban School code: 001769.
  4. Check your South Suburban student email regularly for updates regarding your financial aid.
  5. Bring in the required Financial Aid documentation to secure your financial aid.

Financial Aid Information Sessions

The Office of Financial Aid now has information sessions available Monday through Thursday in the Financial Aid office on the second floor of the Main Campus at the following times:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
3:00 pm 10:00 am 10:00 am 3:00 pm

To schedule your appointment, call (708) 596-2000, ext 2242. Walk-ins are welcome!  Se habla Español.

The College provides a comprehensive program of student financial assistance consisting of scholarships, grants, and student employment. All students applying for financial assistance are asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st each year.

In order to be eligible for Title IV Funds (Financial Aid) a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a regular student in a degree-seeking or certificate program*
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) for the award year and, if selected, complete verification
  • Not be concurrently enrolled at two schools
  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (SSC must have an OFFICIAL high school or HSE transcript on file for those who plan to use Financial Aid. In order for a transcript to be deemed “official,” it must be received in a sealed envelope and include the school seal and graduation date. A current state issued photo ID is needed for proof of residency. Contact Admissions at (708) 210-5718, Room 2348 on the Main Campus for more information. Se Habla Español.)
  • Have a valid social security number (SSN)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with selective service, if required
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan
  • Not owe an overpayment of a Title IV loan or grant
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Not convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of drugs that occurred while receiving Title IV funds

*Financial Aid is not available for students enrolled in a certificate program that is less than 16 credit hours [i.e. Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program, (commonly referred to as C.N.A), or Truck Driving program]

A student who is in default on a Federal or State student Loan are not eligible for Federal or state financial aid until he/she resolves the default status. In order to regain federal student aid eligibility, you must provide documentation from the Department of Education or a letter on institutional letterhead from the school associated with the loan, that your loan is paid in full, has been consolidated or that you are meeting satisfactory repayment arrangements. For more detailed information regarding defaulted loan(s), visit the the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) for Students website at Click on “Financial Aid Review” and log in using your FSA USER ID or call 800-433-3243.
Scholarships are an additional source of financial assistance that many students can take advantage of. FastWeb’s free scholarship search includes more than 500,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. FastWeb is provided completely free and South Suburban College is a proud FastWeb member school. Search for scholarships on FastWeb! also provides ideas and sources of funding to college students. Click on the “Find Scholarships” tab at the top of their page. Visit the SSC Scholarship Opportunities page for a complete listing of available SSC scholarships.
The South Suburban College Board of Trustees awards two-year tuition scholarship to outstanding high school seniors who are in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class or have a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 grading scale. Recipients must attend high school within District 510 or reside in the district while attending another high school. Recipients are subject to renewal at the end of each semester and must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average.
The UPS Earn and Learn Program is a student financial assistance package offered to students who work part-time at UPS. What’s that really mean to you? If you attend or plan on attending South Suburban College, the program will most likely cover the entire cost of your education. And what’s more, UPS has partnered with South Suburban to help keep the financial paperwork simple. To find out more about the Earn and Learn Program, contact the UPS representative for South Suburban College at 708-225-5827 or visit us at

South Suburban College participates in the following federal and state financial aid programs

  • Federal Pell Grant – Federal Grant funds are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the Student Aid Report (SAR). A grant is a fund awarded to a student that does not have to be repaid. Grant amounts are determined by the student’s cost of attendance, enrollment status, and EFC. Students must meet the Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) in order to remain eligible for federal grants.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – The FSEOG is a need-based grant available to students who demonstrate exceptional need (i.e. eligible for Pell grant, zero EFC).
  • Federal Work Study Program (FWS) – All students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the applicable academic year. To be eligible for a Federal Work Study position, the student must have an unmet financial need, be enrolled in at least six credit hours and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.
  • The Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) – Provides grants to eligible students demonstrating financial need. MAP grant funds are available to students who are residents of Illinois (independent students) or whose parent(s) is a resident of Illinois (dependent students). Students must meet the Standards of Academic Progress in order to remain eligible for state grants. Due to limited state funding, students are encouraged to complete and submit their FAFSA after October 1st each year.

ELIGIBILITY: All students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the applicable academic year. To be eligible for a Federal Work Study position, the student must have an unmet financial need, be enrolled in at least six credit hours and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

HOURS: Students may work up to 20 hours per week.

PROCESS: Students interested in federal work study employment must begin the process in the Career Development and Jobs Center.

Limited funds are available under this program. Short-term loans are provided to eligible students for the purchase of books and supplies. Students must be continuing, have a GPA of 2.0 and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to be considered for this book loan.
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All South Suburban College students, full-time and part-time, must meet the College’s guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). All students are required to be in good standing and to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree requirements each semester in which they are enrolled. Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated three times a year: after the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress may result in the loss of financial aid eligibility.

SAP Measurements

Federal regulations require that the College track the academic progress of all students from the first date of enrollment whether or not financial aid was received. Therefore, transfer credits, remedial coursework and all other credit sources, will be included in the computation of student degree completion hours. Students must meet both quantitative and qualitative components of the SAP policy in order to be considered in good academic standing. Policy guidelines will begin once a student has attempted a minimum of six credit hours.


  1. Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (Quantitative Standard) – Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, a “C” average, each semester they are enrolled. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses counted for completion of their majors and their minors. Grades earned at another institution will not be included in the South Suburban College grade point average.
  2. Minimum Completion Rate (Qualitative Standard) – Students must successfully complete two-thirds (66.67%) of their attempted cumulative semester hours. This will be measured after each semester and calculated by dividing the earned credit hours by the attempted credit hours. Transfer credit accepted from an accredited post-secondary institution will be counted as both attempted and earned credit hours in addition to any coursework completed as a student at South Suburban College.
  3. Maximum Time– frame toward degree completion (overall completion rate) – SSC students are allowed to attempt a maximum of 90 credits toward degree completion. The exception is programs that require over 70 credit hours for graduation. In those cases students are allowed to attempt up to 105 credit hours. Remedial courses, up to 30 credit hours are not counted toward credit hour completion. Students over the maximum time-frame and have not achieved their degree will be placed on UNSATISFACTORY status. NOTE: Students who have exceeded the max hours and are given appeal, are excluded from the met academic plan rule. ALL maximum time-frame appeals are FINAL.

Exceptions: For degree programs that require more than 90 credit hours to complete, the student will need to appeal for a FINAL semester.


  • All students are evaluated at the end of each semester (payment period) for which they are enrolled.
  • All evaluation periods for SAP are one semester (payment period) in length.


All SAP results (i.e. warning, exceeding maximum time-frame, probation and appeals) are sent to students via their SSC email. The SAP policy does not prohibit a student from enrolling in subsequent semesters and reestablishing satisfactory progress. Financial aid may be reinstated by the Financial Aid Office when a student satisfies the minimum qualitative and quantitative policy requirements. All DECISIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE FINAL.


  1. Satisfactory – Students who met satisfactory academic progress standards (i.e. GPA of 2.0 or better, meeting completion rate of 66.67% or better and have attempted less than 90 credit hours for their degree program.)
  2. Warning – Students will be placed on Warning when they fail to meet the minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements after one term for one or more of the following reasons:
    • A student’s cumulative GPA is below the 2.0 requirement; and/or
    • A student did not meet the minimum completion rate of 66.67% toward their degree progress; and/or
    • A student has attempted 90 credit hours or more.

    Students are eligible to continue receiving financial aid while on Warning. Students placed on Warning status must meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements following the grading period of the warning term in order to remain enrolled at the College.

  3. Unsatisfactory – Students who are placed on unsatisfactory status due to GPA, completion rate or exceeding maximum time-frame for degree completion are not eligible to receive financial aid, they are placed in a disqualified (suspension) status.
  4. Probation – Students with approved appeals are placed on probation status and are eligible to receive financial aid while on Probation. Students on Probation status must meet the terms outlined in their academic plan.
  5. Met Academic Plan – Students who meet the requirements of the academic plan will be eligible to use financial aid.
  6. Failed Academic Plan – Students who fail to meet the requirements of the academic plan will NOT be eligible to use financial aid.
  7. Appeals – South Suburban College recognizes there may be extenuating and mitigating circumstances affecting student performance. The College allows students to appeal their satisfactory academic progress UNSATISFACTORY status by submitting a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form with appropriate documentation to the Financial Aid Office for consideration of extenuating circumstances. A Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal must be submitted in writing on or before the established deadline for the appropriate term and is subject to approval by the SAP appeal committee. Granted appeals are APPROVED for one semester only. Students who are granted a SAP appeal are required to adhere to an academic plan. The academic plan states that the student will maintain a 2.0 grade point average each semester and complete 100% of the classes in which they are enrolled. (No Withdrawals, Incompletes or Failures)


In accordance with Federal Regulations 34 CFR 668.22 and the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005 (HERA).  South Suburban College is required to recalculate Federal Student Aid (FSA) eligibility for a student who ceases all attendance.

Title IV Funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which assistance is awarded

Students who withdraw from all of their classes at the end of the fourth day and prior to the 60% of the semester are subject to a Return of Title IV Funds  (pro-rata) calculation of their federal funds. The College is required to return a percentage of the federal funds to the Department of Education that the student has not earned. Since a student is charged 100% of their tuition and fees after the fourth day, a withdrawal could result in the student owing a balance to the College.


If a student does not attend one or more of their classes, no financial aid funds can be used to pay tuition and fees. The student financial aid is reduced to reflect actual enrollment hours. NO refunds or adjustments of tuition and fees will be issued for classes that a student does not attend. The student is responsible for the payment of tuition and fees.


Federal regulations requires schools to calculate how much federal financial aid a student has earned if that student:

  • Completely withdraws, or
  • Stops attending before completing the semester, or
  • Does not complete all modules (courses which are not scheduled for the entire semester or payment period for which he/she has registered at the time those modules began).


A dropped class is a class a student removes from their schedule before the last day to drop a class. Usually the last to drop is 4 days after the start of the semester. If a student removes their class after the add/drop period this date they have withdrawn.


  • The official revision period is during the first four days of the semester in which a student may add/drop a course without being charged. (i.e. tuition and fees are not charged during add/drop period)
  • When a student add/drop a class; Pell will be recalculated based on new enrollment hours


When a student withdraws from a class after the fourth day of the drop period. The student is charged 100% tuition and fees, however, Pell is not recalculated and  the original award amount remains unchanged.


Students who withdraw from all of their classes between the drop period and 60% of the semester are subject to a pro-rata refund of their federal funds. That is the college is obligated to return a percentage federal funds to the Department of Education. Since a student owes 100% of their tuition and fees after the drop period (4 days after the start of the semester) a withdrawal could result in the student owing a balance to the college.

Spring 2018

  1. Students will be allowed to purchase books in the Bookstore starting Monday, December 4, 2017.
  2. Purchases will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, February 23, 2018.
  3. Students may buy any required books, recommended books, and educational supplies.

Students making purchases in the Bookstore will be required to have a College ID. IDs can be obtained in the Office of Student Life & Leadership (on the 2nd floor across from the Registration Office).

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