Financial Aid

The only application you will need to fill out to apply for financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. This will help you determine your scholarship, grant, student employment or loan options. All of your paperwork must be received before the annual June 30 priority deadline. Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA

Scholarships, Grants and Loans

Tax Credits and Deductions

Residency

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal Work-Study

Frequently Asked Questions

Definition of types of aid

Scholarships are awards that go directly to paying for your education and that do not have to be repaid.

Grants, like scholarships, do not have to be repaid, but often are based on financial need or some other criteria. Your eligibility will be determined by your federal student aid application.

Many of our students find they are able to help pay for their education with a part-time job while they are in school You may qualify for the federal work-study program, which is part of your federal student aid application.

To help you graduate with as little debt as possible, we recommend you exhaust your scholarship, grant and employment opportunities before taking out a student loan. We will notify you of your eligibility for federal direct loans, but recommend you research all of your options before borrowing.

Where do I start?

Before beginning your FAFSA application, please review the steps to apply and the important dates to remember.

Applying For Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must be completed yearly, and determines the amount of assistance and which program is appropriate for each applicant. Our priority deadline is March 1, of each year however FAFSAs received after this date will still be processed. It can take 2 - 3 weeks for USC Upstate to receive your FAFSA results, so apply as early as you can after January 1 of each year.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid
  1. You and your parent (if dependent) should create an FSA ID and password at www.fsaid.ed.gov prior to starting FAFSA on the Web so that you can sign electronically. This can also be done at the time that you are completing the FAFSA. All applications must be signed electronically with your (and your parents') FSA ID.
  2. USC Upstate’s Title IV school code is 006951.
  3. You do not have to wait for your financial aid award before beginning your admissions, advisement and registration processes.  However, to be awarded financial aid you must be admitted as a degree-seeking student to USC Upstate.
  4. Communication with Students: The majority of communications from the financial aid office will be sent to your USC Upstate email account.  You must review your email and announcements regularly to ensure you have the latest information about your financial aid status.
  5. You are encouraged to respond to email and postal mailing as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing of your financial aid.
  6. For State Scholarship purposes, please make sure that final transcripts are sent as soon as possible.
  7. Make sure any non-institutional scholarship checks are sent to our office. (You may need to endorse a check if it is made payable to you and USC Upstate.)
  8. Check your awards on SSC.
  9. For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
SSC Financial Aid Tutorials
Important Dates to Remember

Dates to Remember

March 1 FAFSA priority deadline

July 15 Deadline for all loan and verification requirements for fall semester

November 1 Recommended deadline to submit verification documents for Spring semester

More Important Financial Aid Dates 

Eligibility Requirements

Basic eligibility requirements for awards are:

Palmetto Fellows – in addition to the base Palmetto Fellows:  

  • Recipients with 30 hours, and who, as a freshman, earned 14 hours worth of math and/or science and who has declared one of the eligible majors (listed below) may receive an additional amount of up to $3,300 for a maximum of $10,000.
  • Palmetto Fellows with 30 hours, but who do not meet the conditions above, may receive an additional amount of up to $800 for a maximum of $7,500.
  • Entering freshmen, regardless of major, may receive a maximum of $6,700.

LIFE Scholarship – in addition to the base LIFE Scholarship:  

  • Recipients with 30 hours, and who, as a freshman, earned 14 hours worth of math and/or science and who has declared one of the eligible majors (listed below) may receive an additional amount of up to $2,500 for a maximum of $7,500.
  • Entering freshmen, regardless of major, and upperclassmen who do not meet the above conditions, may receive a maximum award of $5,000.

Hope Scholarship  

  • The value of the Hope Scholarship has increased from $2,650 to $2,800.

USC Upstate Eligible majors and codes as of July 2015:  

  • Biology – 106
  • Chemistry – 109
  • Computer Information Systems – 132
  • Computer Science – 108
  • Engineering Technology Management – 430
  • Exercise and Sport Science – 331
  • Information Management and Systems – 170
  • Nursing Generic – 050
  • Nursing RN to BSN Completion – 051
  • Math – 145
  • Secondary Education: 373

The major must be declared and showing in the USC Upstate system prior to the last day of drop/add for the fall semester for the award to be in place. Any majors changed/declared after this date will not be eligible for the enhanced award for the full academic year.

You may access www.che.sc.gov for more information.

 

Important Financial Aid Forms

Important Financial Aid Forms

The forms below are Adobe Acrobat PDF files PDF Document.


Used to ensure the accuracy of the information reported on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and to report assets owned by you, and your parents (if dependent) or you and your spouse (if independent). Verification Form (2018-2019)

Verification Form (2019-2020)


Used to clarify a student's status as a Veteran before before processing their financial aid application. Clarification of Veteran Status (2018-2019)

Clarification of Veteran Status (2019-2020)


This form is required to complete the processing of your financial aid application. Asset Form (2018-2019)

Asset Form (2019-2020)


Used to confirm child support payments made by a parent/stepparent or student/spouse.

No longer applicable 


Used to confirm the information reported on your FAFSA. High School Completion Form (2018-2019)

High School Completion Form (2019-2020)


Form that must be signed to certify use of Federal Financial Aid. Identity /Statement of Educational Purpose (2018-2019)

Identity /Statement of Educational Purpose (2019-2020)


Used to verify that you (the student) have a dependent other than a spouse Dependent Other Than Spouse Form (2018-2019)

Dependent Other Than Spouse Form (2019-2020)


Used to verify the information on your FAFSA Income Expense Form (2018-2019)

Income Expense Form (2019-2020)


Used to confirm Food Stamp (SNAP) Benefits received as reported on the FAFSA No longer applicable  

Used to appeal the termination of eligibility for financial aid for academic reasons Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal

Used to verify that you (the student) are accompanied by a liaison or persons other than a parent Unaccompanied Youth Form (2018-2019)

Unaccompanied Youth Form (2019-2020)


Financial Aid Award Terms and Conditions Terms and Conditions

Additional Resources

Web Links

The College Board
Information about Admissions and Financial Aid.

The Financial Aid Site
An extensive and complete web site regarding financial aid.

Fastweb
An excellent scholarship service.

Good Call
Has the largest scholarship database in existence ($32 BILLION in scholarships). 

Entrance/Exit Counseling
Conduct your counseling online at this site.

U.S. Department of Education
General site for the U.S. Department of Education.

FAFSA on the Web
Apply for federal aid at this site.

SC Commission on Higher Education
Regulations concerning the LIFE Scholarship, HOPE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows, and SC Need Based Grant.

Selective Service Registration
Males can register for selective service at this site.

Loan History Page
Your complete federal loan history can be viewed by using your Department of Education PIN number.

SC Student Loan Corporation 
You can sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), check on the status of your loans, repayment history, etc.

Chase
You can sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), check on the status of your loans, repayment history, etc.

Citibank 
You can sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), check on the status of your loans, repayment history, etc.

Wells Fargo
You can sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), check on the status of your loans, repayment history, etc.

SchoolSoup
Has the largest scholarship database in existence ($32 BILLION in scholarships).

Instructions for Transfer Students

Instructions for Students Transferring To USC Upstate

If you plan to transfer to USC Upstate, you must complete the following steps in order to be considered for financial assistance:

  1. Transfer students must have been admitted to USC Upstate and have their current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file at USC Upstate by November 1st for the spring semester or June 1st for the fall semester. Applications submitted after this date will be processed; however, aid may not be available by the first day of classes.
  2. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance at USC Upstate, you should call the Federal Processor (FAFSA) at 1-800-433-3243 and request that USC Upstate receive your financial aid information or go to their web site at www.fafsa.ed.gov .  In order for the Federal Processor to send USC Upstate your information they will need our school code 006951 and your "DRN" number from your Student Aid Report (SAR). USC Upstate does not have access to your "DRN" number. If you do not have your SAR, you may request a duplicate copy by calling 1-800-433-3243 or if you know your Department of Education PIN number, you may add our school code online to expedite the processing.
  3. Before USC Upstate can award you financial aid, any aid at your prior school must be cancelled.
  4. Your financial aid award at USC Upstate will be based on the academic credits that have been accepted and posted as of the day your financial aid award is made. Late transfer credits may result in higher loan eligibility.

Instructions for Students Transferring From USC Upstate 

  1. If you will not be attending the upcoming semester at USC Upstate, the Financial Aid Office needs written notification in order to cancel any aid for the future term.
  2. If you have received student loans at USC Upstate, you must complete an exit interview either in the financial aid office or by accessing www.nslds.gov.
  3. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance at your new school, call the Federal Processor at 1-800-433-3243 to request that your new school receive your financial aid information or visit their website at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  4. Contact the financial aid office at the new school to find out what other steps you must take to be considered for aid at their institution.

You must have available at the time you call, the school code for the new school and your "DRN" number from your Student Aid Report (SAR). USC Upstate does not have your "DRN" number. If you do not have your SAR, you may request a duplicate copy by calling 1-800-433-3243 or if you know your Department of Education PIN number, you may add our school code online to expedite the processing.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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