Applying for Aid

Shelton State Community College awards financial assistance on a continuous basis for the entire year. Priority for the limited campus-based programs (FWS, FSEOG, and ASAP) may be given to students whose applications are completed early.

Students applying for financial aid must:

  • Apply for admission and submit final high school transcript or official GED scores, as well as official transcripts from all other colleges previously attended.  This includes unaccredited colleges.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at This should be done as soon as the student (and the parents of a dependent student) completes the Federal Income Tax Return each year.
  • Complete ALL verification documents if requested. Students who are selected for verification are notified by email and with myShelton.  It is your responsibility to check your myShelton account often.

To receive Title IV student financial assistance, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have financial need, which is determined by subtracting the expected family contribution from the cost of education.
  2. Have a high school diploma or a GED.
  3. Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.  Please note, certain certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid and others award financial aid dollars based on converted hours.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  5. Be unconditionally admitted to Shelton State Community College.  All required admission documents must be processed before financial aid funding will be available. 
  6. Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  7. Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  8. Not in default on any previous student loan.

The Department of Education selects student's for verification.  Students selected for verification cannot be certified as eligible for financial aid until the verification process has been completed and appropriate errors have been corrected.


Financial Aid Payment is prorated based on student enrollment status and program of study.  Please see the clock hour program page if you are in a certificate program.  For all degree programs 12 credit hours is considered full-time.   


  1. Students are paid based on their enrollment as of the end of the published drop and add period. Students who officially or unofficially withdraw or drop out may have to repay monies. The return to Title IV for unearned funds will be applied.
  2. Students are not eligible for financial aid for classes they never attend.
  3. Students who are withdrawn by the College for disciplinary reasons, non-payment of charges, or other similar reasons, are subject to the return of unearned Title IV aid.
  4. Additional information regarding the College's Financial Aid Payment and Refund Policy is published in the Tuition and Fees section of the catalog as well as in the registration guide published each year.

I. Program Completion
The maximum time frame allowed to complete a program of study without financial aid penalty cannot exceed 1.5 times the published length of a specific program. For example, a student in General Studies, which is 64 semester hours in length, may attempt a maximum of 96 hours.  The lifetime limit for Pell grant funding is 12 full-time semesters.

II. Required Credit Hours
The student must successfully complete a specific percentage of all classes attempted.  Be review the chart below for your individual situation.  For example, if a student attempts 33 credit hours, he/she must successfully complete at least 23 of the 33 hours. NOTICE: All hours attempted (including those from which the student withdrew, received in-completes, transferred in credit, and/or were paid by sources outside of financial aid) will be included in this calculation.

III. Required Grade Point Average (GPA) and completion rate
A student enrolled in a degree program (AA, AS, or AAS) must achieve the following:
1.5 GPA and/or 58% completion rate after attempting 1-21 credit hours 
1.75 GPA and/or 62% completion rate after attempting 22-32 credit hours
2.0 GPA and/or 67% completion rate after attempting 33 credit hours

Students enrolled in short-certificate programs must achieve the following
1.50 GPA and/or 58% completion rate after attempting 1-12 credit hours
2.00 GPA and/or 67% completion rate after attempting 12 or more credit hours

IV. Financial Aid Warning

If a student fails to achieve the required cumulative GPA or does not successfully complete the required percentage of overall hours, he/she will be placed on financial aid warning. Students on warning will be allowed to receive aid and will be notified of their warning status within the myShelton account.  Warning will be lifted in the subsequent term if the student attains the required cumulative GPA and/or successfully completes the required percentage of hours at the end of the warning semester.  

V. Financial Aid Suspension
If a student does not have the required GPA and completion rate after his/her warning semester or if the student fails to follow the Plan of Resolution he/she will be suspended from federal financial aid.  If placed on academic suspension, a student is NOT eligible to receive financial aid for the duration of suspension, even if he/she is readmitted to the College upon academic appeal. The student may regain eligibility for financial aid when the overall satisfactory academic progress requirements are obtained. 

VI. Appeal Process
The student may file one appeal at Shelton State by submitting a Financial Aid Appeal and Plan for Resolution Form to the Financial Aid Office.   The student must make an appointment to meet with a member of the financial aid staff to complete the Plan for Resolution and discuss the circumstances of their current financial aid situation.  The forms are online at Decisions of the Appeal Committee are final.  The Student Financial Aid Appeals team (SFAT) meets on a monthly basis to consider appeals.

A student may appeal financial aid suspension if he or she meets one the following conditions:

Mitigating circumstances such as:
1. illness;
2. hospitalization;
3. death in family; or
4. accident that limited your ability to be successful at Shelton.

VIII. Monitoring Progress
Academic progress will be monitored at the end each term.

IX. Repeating Courses
A student receiving a Federal Pell Grant may repeat courses not successfully completed; however, all hours will be included in the satisfactory academic progress calculations.  Students may repeat successfully completed courses one additional time.

X. Developmental Courses
A student may receive financial aid for up to 30 attempted developmental credit hours. If this number is exceeded, financial aid cannot cover any additional developmental classes. If the student enrolls in the same developmental course more than three times, financial aid will not apply for any subsequent enrollment(s) in this course.  Developmental courses count the in completion rate calculation for academic progress.  

XI. Audit Courses
Audited courses are not considered credits attempted or earned and students cannot receive financial aid for these courses.

Students' Rights and Responsibilities
Students have the responsibility of knowing the requirements for applying for financial aid, college refund and repayment policies, procedures relative to guidelines affecting a financial aid award, and procedures relative to disbursement of financial aid.  Please email the financial aid office at if you have any questions.

 Financial Aid Overpayment Policy
In accordance with federal regulations (CFR 668-61), any financial aid overpayment made to a student must be repaid.