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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Transient Student Aid

Transient students attend other schools to take advantage of course offerings. You are considered a transient student if you are a USC Columbia student but you earn credit at another college or university. This includes all USC campuses except USC Fort Jackson.

To be a transient student, you must receive approval from your academic advisor to ensure that the classes taken at the other school will transfer to your program of study at USC Columbia. In addition, the school where you plan to earn credits must participate in a consortium agreement with USC Columbia. A consortium agreement allows you to receive financial aid from USC while you attend the other school. A dedicated staff member will work on your behalf to obtain the agreement from your host school.

All USC campuses participate in the consortium process. If the school that you are interested in attending does not, we will notify you. If your home school is not USC, you should contact your school’s financial aid office for the processing of your aid. Our office does not process financial aid for students who are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program at USC Columbia.

As a transient student, certain awards are excluded from use in paying your tuition and fees. Transient students are not eligible to receive Federal Work-Study or a State Need-Based Grant.


Transient Student Financial Aid Checklist 

Complete the Financial Aid Summer Application

The Summer Financial Aid Application is available on SSC starting April 1. The priority deadline to complete this application is May 1. 

Verify Awards on Self-Service Carolina

Determine if there are any unsatisfied requirements on SSC. If aid has been awarded for the year, determine if you will need to apply for additional assistance in the form of student loans (PLUS, Graduate PLUS or private loans).

Obtain Special Academic Enrollment Form 

Obtain an approved Special Academic Enrollment Form (AS30) [pdf], and return the form to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Complete the Financial Aid Prescreen Form

Complete the Financial Aid Prescreen Form [pdf], and return it to our office with your AS30 form so that we can determine your eligibility for financial aid. 

Check Fee Payment Deadline

Funds are disbursed from USC Columbia eight days before classes begin. If the bill at your transient school is due prior to USC's disbursement, you will need to make payment arangements. USC cannot hold classes at another institution. 

Verify No Prior Charges

If you owe charges to USC Columbia, funds will not be sent until the bill is paid in full. 

Ensure Fund Receipt

Monitor Your Aid and Ensure Fund Receipt
View SSC to ensure that funds have been sent to the school. For questions regarding transfer of funds to the school if your funds have not arrived within a week, students may contact our office to request tracking information on the check that was sent. If a refund exists, the transient school will disburse the funds to you. Your school may contact you for check endorsement.