Financial Aid Facts

Q. What percentage of SCCO students use financial aid?
A. During the past five years the figure has been between 79-85%.

Q. What kinds of financial aid resources are available?
A. There are loans, scholarships/grants and work-study jobs. These resources currently provide a grand total amount of over $17.8 million annually.

Q. What percentage of the financial aid resources are grants and scholarships?
A. The grand total amount consists of 6.1% grants or scholarships. 93% of the aid available is in the form of loans and currently totals over $16.6 million.

Q. What does it cost to go through SCCO's program?
A. The students who graduated in May 2016 paid $151,959 for the direct costs of tuition, books and instruments during their four years of attendance. The full budget, including living costs for four years was $223,659.

Q. What kind of debt burden do SCCO students graduate with?
A. The average indebtedness level of the Class of 2016 that took out loans was $161,007 and debt levels ranged from $6,250 to $248,222.  The median debt was $162,540.

Q. Do these figures include undergraduate debt?
A. No. About 27% of the Class of 2016 students entered with loans from their undergraduate colleges. The average undergraduate debt level was $18,637.

Q. Can you estimate student loan monthly repayment amounts?
A. Yes, the graduates from the Class of 2016 had an average estimated monthly repayment amount of $1,983 but the amount ranged from $66 to $2,813 based on a 10-year repayment period .

Q. What income level can our students expect after graduation?
A. The average net income from the owner primary practice of optometry in 2015 was $182,428 as reported in the 2015 Review of Optometry Income Survey.  Non-owner optometrists reported an average of $132,389. The median net income from an optometrist practicing 0-10 years was $117,640.

Q. What is considered a "manageable" debt level?
A. Past studies have suggested that annual repayment amounts should not exceed 15-20% of expected income. On an indebtedness of $132,496 we estimate a monthly loan repayment amount of $1,671 and an annual loan repayment amount of $20,052. This would represent about 15% of the median net income amount mentioned above. An extended or graduated repayment plan could lower the monthly payment amount, if needed, in the early repayment years.

Q. Are SCCO alumni able to repay their student loans?
A. Yes. Our cohort default rate on our Direct Loan programs has been zero for the past 18 years.

Additional Questions?

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Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SCCO Code Numbers:   Title IV Code for FAFSA - 001230
CSS Profile Code - 4392
Address: Southern California College of Optometry
ATTN: Financial Aid Office
2575 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831-1699


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