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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Accepting Your Scholarship

Non-institutional (non-USC) scholarships may be awarded in a variety of ways, including by check to the university, by check to you or as written authorizations. Any payment should be sent before the deadline to the Bursar's Office, which handles fee payment at the university.

Checks Made Payable to USC

Scholarship checks that are made payable to USC should be sent to the Bursar's Office address, noted to the right. Be sure to include:

  • your name
  • VIP ID
  • any award notification correspondence with the check
  • any disbursement instructions, donor's name and address.

Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use for your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any checks received by the Bursar's Office after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check in Self-Service Carolina by choosing "Financial Aid Award, and Award for Aid Year." Select "Resources/Additional Information" for the most up-to-date information regarding your non-institutional scholarship.


Checks Made Payable to You and USC

Scholarship checks that are made payable to you and USC must first be endorsed by you and then mailed to the Bursar's Office address noted on the right. Failure to endorse the check prior to mailing can cause delays in its availability. Make sure that you also include:

  • your VIP ID
  • any award notification correspondence
  • any disbursement instructions, the donor's name and their address.

Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use toward your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any checks received by the Bursar's Office after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check in Self-Service Carolina by choosing "Financial Aid Award, and Award for Aid Year." Select "Resources/Additional Information" for the most up-to-date information regarding your non-institutional scholarship.


Written Authorizations To Bill or Invoice

If the funding source provides you a form that authorizes our billing for a scholarship, the form must be sent to the Bursar's Office address, noted to the right. Make sure that you also include:

  • your name
  • VIP ID
  • any award notification correspondence
  • any disbursement instructions, the donor's name and their address.

Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use toward your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any checks received by the Bursar's Office after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check in Self-Service Carolina by choosing "Financial Aid Award, and Award for Aid Year." Select "Resources/Additional Information" for the most up-to-date information regarding your non-institutional scholarship.


Receipt Dates and Fee Payment

If the Bursar's Office receives your scholarship check or authorization by the dates noted below, the credit will appear on your university bill. In the Banner system, any non-university scholarship you receive will automatically be applied to any outstanding financial obligation that you have with the university. In cases where your available financial aid exceeds your charges, you may elect to have your financial aid refund direct deposited into your bank account or mailed to you.

To avoid class schedule cancellation, you must pay your registration fees prior to the semester fee payment deadline. You can apply for direct deposit on Self-Service Carolina.


Deadlines

Checks and authorizations received after the following dates will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before fee payment.

Date Description
July 1 Fall Receipt Deadline
November 15 Spring Receipt Deadline
May 1 Summer Receipt Deadline