Financial aid programs at
USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do
so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of
federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to
qualified undergraduate students include loans,
and work-study programs.
Important FAFSA Information
The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be available in January at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority deadline will be March 1, 2014.
IMPORTANT: Updates have been made to the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to include an IRS Data Retrieval
Process that will allow students and parents (once they have filed their tax
returns) to populate their tax return information on the FAFSA. Complete and
file your 2013 Federal Tax Return with the IRS for both students and parents as
soon as possible and approximately 3 weeks after you file your tax return with
the IRS you can go to the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Process by
clicking 'LINK TO IRS.' Note: married students who file separate returns or parents of a dependent student who file separate returns may not use the 'LINK
TO IRS' retrieval.
FAFSA VERIFICATION: The Department
of Education has also updated regulations for students who are selected for
verification. The financial aid office can no longer accept copies of federal tax returns. Students whose FAFSA has been selected for verification MUST use
the IRS data retrieval process on the FAFSA or request a copy of their federal tax return transcript by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946. Click
here for more information.
Lending Program to Secure Federal Student Loans
ATTENTION: New Loan Requirement
You will now be required to
ACCEPT or DECLINE your loans on Self Service
Carolina if you have been awarded a Federal Direct Loan, subsidized or
unsubsidized, or a Federal Perkins Loan.
You must decide if you wish
to either accept or decline the loans that are offered. If you want the loans,
you MUST click on the button to fully accept or fully decline your loans. If
you do not accept your loans, they will not be available for you to use to pay
2013-2014 Financial Aid Award Notifications
Financial aid award notifications for the 2013-2014 academic year will be
sent to your USC Upstate e-mail account ONLY. You will
be instructed to access Self Service Carolina to view your financial aid award
information. If you need to take additional action, you will see links and red
text below your awards. Click those links and follow the instructions
*New students should go to the Next
Steps for Enrollment webpage for information on how to access and use Self
Federal Work-Study Award Cancellation Date
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) for the Fall 2013 semester
and you have not found a job by September 30, 2013, your FWS award will be
cancelled. If you are having difficulty finding a job, contact the Office of
Financial Aid or the Human Resources Office for job placement assistance. If
you wish to cancel your FWS award, please do so immediately by following the
instructions on your award letter for declining your award or by sending a
written request to our office.
Dates to Remember
|March 1||FAFSA Priority Deadline|
|July 15||Loan Application Deadline|
Questions, Comments or Concerns about Enrollment Services?
Contact: Donette Stewart
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services