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Frequently Asked Questions

Government Student Aid

Eligibility for the Federal Pell grant is set by federal regulation and determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

Learn more about the federal student aid eligibility criteria.

Enrollment:

Students must:

  • be admitted, enrolled, and classified as an undergraduate student at the College at Southeastern
  • be enrolled in classes fulfilling requirements for academic progress in their primary academic plan
    • classes not in a student's academic plan are not eligible for government student aid
  • be enrolled full-time to receive the maximum amount of the scholarship
    • enrollment less than full-time is pro-rated at 3/4-time, half-time, and less than half-time
Verification

Students selected for verification must submit all requested documents to receive any funds. Any student who fails to complete verification should not expect to receive any institutional, state, or federal financial aid.

Eligibility for the North Carolina Need-based Scholarship (NBS) is set by state regulation and determined by completing both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and North Carolina's Residency Determination Service (RDS).

Learn more about the NBS eligibility requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All undergraduate students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP) to remain eligible for the North Carolina Need-based Scholarship.

Enrollment

Enrollment:

  • be admitted, enrolled, and classified as an undergraduate student at the College at Southeastern
  • be enrolled in classes fulfilling requirements for academic progress in their primary academic plan
    • classes not in a student's academic plan are not eligible for government student aid
  • be enrolled:
    • full-time plus (15 hours or more) for the maximum scholarship amount
    • full-time (12-14 hours) for the full scholarship amount
    • 3/4-time (9-11) to receive 50% of the total scholarship amount

Students enrolled less than 9 hours are not eligible for NBS.

Residency Determination Service

All students intending to use the North Carolina Need-based Scholarship must complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS).

Complete Residency Determination

Learn more about residency guidelines and resources for students and parents.

Verification

Students selected for verification must submit all requested documents to receive any funds. Any student who fails to complete verification should not expect to receive any institutional, state, or federal financial aid.

Undergraduate students eligible for Military or Veteran benefits can learn more by visiting Military Affairs.

Institutional Financial Aid

Southeastern provides institutional scholarships with the help of generous donors who give so that you can GO.

All Institutional Scholarships are subject to the following requirements except where noted. Some scholarships have unique requirements, which have been identified below.

All undergraduate students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP) to remain eligible for institutional financial aid.

The following scholarships have specific GPA requirements that exceed the SAP standards:

  • Southeastern Women’s Fellowship Scholarship - minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Daniel L. Akin Kingdom Diversity Scholarship - minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Kingdom Diversity scholarships - minimum GPA: 2.75

All undergraduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to remain eligible for Institutional Financial Aid. Students whose FAFSA is not received at least one week before the first day of the semester will have their Institutional Aid removed until the FAFSA is completed.

Students must:

  • be degree-seeking at the College at Southeastern
  • be enrolled in classes fulfilling requirements for academic progress in their primary academic plan
    • classes not in a student's academic plan are not eligible for institutional financial aid
  • be enrolled full-time to receive the maximum amount of the scholarship
    • enrollment less than full-time but greater than half-time will be reduced by 50%
    • enrollment at or below half-time is not eligible for Institutional Financial Aid

Undergraduate students who withdraw from courses after the drop date and fall below full-time status will have their institutional financial aid reduced by 25% for each course they withdraw from. Those who fall at half-time or below will lose any remaining aid. Please note that students who withdraw are charged the total cost of any courses they withdraw from.

Institutional scholarships are open to degree-seeking on-campus and distance-learning students, except where otherwise specified. These scholarships are designated for courses fulfilling your primary degree plan requirements and may not be used for credit-only courses.

Institutional Scholarships may only be used for tuition and academic fees for the respective academic term. They may not be used for other fees, including housing, meal plans, late fees, drop/add fees, or for future academic enrollment.

External grants and scholarships are applied to a student’s tuition and academic fees ahead of institutional scholarships. If a student’s combined total financial aid is greater than the student’s tuition and academic fees, institutional scholarships may be reduced to meet the tuition and fees.

External Scholarships

Many private organizations not associated directly with Southeastern are willing to provide funding for student education. We encourage all students to explore the many options that are available to them.

If you receive a scholarship from a private organization, it is crucial to know and understand all the eligibility standards set by the funding organization. That organization is the best source of information regarding the scholarship. Students should read any award letters they receive entirely and check the organization’s website for more details.

SEBTS Financial Aid must confirm that students meet the eligibility requirements for all private scholarships. If a student does not meet the eligibility requirements for a private scholarship, SEBTS will return the funds to the originating organization.

Common External Scholarships used at Southeastern

Common External Scholarships used at Southeastern

Resources for External Scholarships

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Private Student Loans

Student loans, if used, should be considered with much caution. Generally, students should consider grants, scholarships, and employment before seeking to borrow on the future.

Southeastern does accept private student loans but does not participate in any federally subsidized student loans.

To receive private student loans at the College at Southeastern, students must:

  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
    • Students on Financial Aid Termination are not eligible to receive loans
  • complete an application for Institutional Financial Aid
  • and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)