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Student Financial Aid Overview

1. How to Apply for Financial Aid
2. Stafford Loans - Nelnet Online Loan Application
3. For More Information

1. How to Apply for Financial Aid

Student financial aid is available on a first-come first-serve basis to all students who apply and qualify on the basis of established need.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application that students must complete to apply for all federal, state and SMCC student assistance. This includes automatic consideration for all grants, scholarships, Stafford Loans (bank loans), and on-campus student employment.

FAFSA's can be obtained from the SMCC Financial Aid Office, high school guidance offices, many public libraries, or online at

The FAFSA priority filing deadlines are as follows:

FAFSA Priority Filing Deadlines
Group / Program Deadline Date
New or Prospective Students March 30
Maine State Grant Program* May 1
Summer Employment (on campus) Mid February
Returning Students February 28
*If you are not a Maine resident check with your individual state for specific grant deadlines.

PLEASE NOTE: Prospective (new) students should file a FAFSA as early as possible and not to wait until they are formally accepted into an SMCC academic program.

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2. Stafford Loans (nelnet Online Loan Application)

BEFORE you complete an online master promissory note for your Stafford loan you must have...

  1. Returned your official SMCC award letter to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

  2. Submitted a completed SMCC application for a Stafford loan to the Office of Financial Aid.

  3. Received notification from SMCC that your loan has been electronically certified.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (207) 741-5518.

To begin the process of completing the online Master Promissory Note for your stafford loan(s), please click on the nelnet link below.

nelnet - online loan application
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3. For More Information

Students with questions concerning any aspect of student financial assistance are strongly encouraged to contact the SMCC Student Financial Aid Office at (207) 741-5518 or e-mail us at SMCC's mailing address is: 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME 04106

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