Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. This financial assistance helps cover educational expenses and related costs. There are several types of financial aid, including grants and scholarships, work study and loans.

To get started we encourage students to fill out the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). The Santa Fe College Federal School Code for the FAFSA application is 001519.


Academic Year
July 1 Best Results Date – FAFSA should be received by Santa Fe along with any needed documents in eSantaFe.
August 1 Financial Aid Priority Date* – Submit Financial Aid Related Documents.
October 1 FAFSA Application opens for 17-18 academic year – Using your 2015 tax information, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid early to receive the most amount of funds you are eligible for. – Submit Financial Aid Related Documents.
Term Disbursements begin
Fall 3rd week of September
Spring 5th week of January
Summer 1st week of June

*You may apply for financial aid after the stated Financial Aid Priority Date for a term but your aid may not be processed in time for you to use financial aid to pay for tuition or books. If you are late, you will need to pay for your own tuition and books; if you qualify for financial aid, a disbursement will be issued to you later in the term.

Fee Payment Due Date: If your Financial Aid has not been awarded, or if it is not enough to cover your fees, you must pay any balance by the posted fee due date on your class schedule. Failure to do so will result in your classes being dropped.

First Time in College Students: Request your official final high school transcript turned into the Admissions Office, showing your date of graduation from high school or proof of your GED. If your official transcript is not received and recorded by the 3rd week of August, you will not be eligible for a fee deferment. If the high school transcript is not received, the student will be responsible to pay the outstanding fees on their schedule to keep their classes.

Transfer Students: Request official transcripts from all colleges that you ever attended. To prevent processing delays also have your official high school transcript or proof of your GED sent to SF. College transcripts must be received andevaluated before aid will be awarded.

Disbursements (Payment of Financial Aid)
Review the chart above to determine when you should expect your financial aid disbursement. All Santa Fe tuition, fee, and book charges will be paid before any remaining balance will be issued. Disbursement will begin on the following dates for the Fall, Spring, & Summer Terms. You should budget accordingly based on your enrollment and the expected disbursement date.

Your Financial Aid Info is Online

  1. Go to: eSantaFe
  2. To find out the status of your file or the award information, click on "My Financial Aid". If you have already been awarded Financial Aid, your awards by term are shown. Clicking on the Award Amount will show the detail of the award (check amount and deductions - if applicable).

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Financial Aid TV (FATV) provides current and prospective students and families with instant 24/7 access to short videos that discuss important financial aid topics such as:

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  • Types of financial aid (e.g. grants and loans)
  • Financial literacy
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  • Education Tax Benefits and Credits

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