Frequently Asked Questions


No. The applications for financial aid and admittance to Southeastern are separate processes, so you do not need to be admitted into The College at Southeastern to apply for financial aid. Furthermore, many scholarships have a very early application deadline, and you should not wait until being officially admitted to apply.

Scholarship deadlines for the upcoming school year can start as early as December. Specifically, the Institutional Financial Aid application window for the academic year is December 1st-January 31st. The Institutional Financial Aid application window for the spring semester is September 1st-September 30th. To be eligible for institutional financial aid, both your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Institutional Financial Aid application must be complete by these deadlines. External scholarships have their own deadlines and requirements. We encourage you to research opportunities for which you are eligible to know what dates you should be aware of.

Yes, to qualify for any institutional scholarships and for government aid, you must complete the FAFSA and choose to have it sent to Southeastern. Our federal school code is G02963. Please note that in order to be eligible for institutional financial aid, both your FAFSA and Institutional Financial Aid Application must be submitted by January 31st for the school year and September 30th for the spring semester.

The College at Southeastern participates in the Federal Pell Grant and North Carolina Need Based Scholarship programs. Southeastern does not participate in any federal loans programs. If you are interested in loan options, we do accept private loans. Please visit the student loan section of our website for more information.

Due to the generosity of commissioning churches within the SBC, Southeastern is able to provide a substantial amount of aid to students who are members of SBC-affiliated churches. This amount is equivalent to 50% of what a student would normally pay for tuition and fees and is one of Southeastern's most significant sources of financial aid.

You do not need to complete an application to receive the SBC tuition rate. When you apply for admission to Southeastern, you will indicate your religious affiliation and automatically be eligible at that time. If you are transitioning to a SBC church, please reach out to the Registrar’s Office at to learn more about switching from the standard tuition rate to the SBC rate.

If you miss the deadline to apply for Institutional Financial Aid, there is not an extension for the application. However, we encourage you to enter your email address at the Institutional Financial Aid Application link. This will allow you to receive an email notifying you of when the application opens again. Lastly, we recommend looking into external scholarship opportunities that may have different application deadlines. Please feel free to reach out to our office at or (919) 761-2317 to learn more about possible options.

Many scholarships are labeled as “anticipated aid” on your account. This is the amount of aid you can expect to receive for the semester pending you are meeting all of the requirements for your award(s). After the last day to drop classes, the Financial Aid Office will review each student’s enrollment status along with other eligibility standards before finalizing awards. Anticipated aid will be officially released to your account and disbursed after the award confirmation process is complete. Once the aid is officially released, as long as you have a credit, you should be able to access the extra funds.

You may estimate your cost by visiting the Tuition and Fees estimator.

Yes, you may enroll in a no-interest monthly payment plan with NelNet. For more information, contact Accounting Services. You may call them at 919-761-2207 or send an email to

Upon being accepted to The College at Southeastern, you will receive credentials to log in to your student account. From there, you may go to the Finances tab and click "Balance" under the tab. This will show your ledger with your current charges, credits, and anticipated financial aid. If you’ve already received your login information, you can log into your account by going to Southeastern’s Self-Service portal. If you have not yet registered for classes, you may estimate your cost by visiting the Tuition and Fees Estimator.

If you have questions about your balance and setting up a payment plan, please contact the Accounting Services Office at or 919-761-2207.

Yes, you are able to receive multiple scholarships. However, you should make sure you understand what the funds from each scholarship may be used for. Some scholarships may only be used for tuition, while others may be used for other educational expenses. External scholarships are always applied to your student account first.

Yes. Southeastern is approved to certify enrollment eligibility for repayment deferments for most federal or state education loans received in college. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information. You may call them at 919-761-2215 or send an email to