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Financial Aid and Scholarships


State Need-Based Grant

The S.C. State Need-Based Grant is only awarded to South Carolina residents and can only be applied to eight academic semesters. The award amount ranges from $100 to $1,000 per semester, based on financial need as defined by Title IV regulations.

Requirements

General Requirements

  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student seeking your first baccalaureate (four-year) degree.
  • You must be a legal resident of the state of South Carolina.
  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and have financial need as defined by Title IV regulations.
  • You must not have been judged delinquent, nor have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in any state.
  • You must not have been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor in any state within the past academic year.
  • You must not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on any federal or state financial aid.
  • You must be making satisfactory academic progress, as defined in Terms and Conditions.

Entering Freshman and Transfer Students
In addition to meeting all general eligibility requirements above, entering freshman and transfer students must also enroll in 12 hours for the fall semester and 12 hours for the spring semester.

Continuing Students
In addition to meeting all general eligibility requirements above, as continuing education students:

  • you must enroll in 12 hours for the fall semester and 12 hours for the spring semester
  • if you received a State Need-Based Grant in the previous year, you must have earned 24 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters
  • you must have earned a minimum 2.00 USC cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale by the end of the spring semester
  • only your cumulative grade point average earned at USC Columbia and USC system campuses will be considered in determining eligibility for continuing students
  • if you have earned a 2.00 USC cumulative grade point average by the end of the spring semester and choose to enroll in a summer session(s), you will NOT be eligible to receive a State Need-Based Grant if your USC cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.00 at the end of that summer session(s).
  • if you are awarded a State Need-Based Grant prior to the end of the spring term, your award will not be official until your grades have been reviewed.


Changes in Residency

If you become a nonresident of South Carolina, you will be required to repay your award for any enrollment period in which you were classified as a nonresident and received a State Need-Based Grant. However, you will not be required to repay your award for any enrollment periods in which you were classified a state resident.