The scholarships that may be appealed under this policy include only those awarded through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to incoming S.C. resident and to nonresident freshmen and Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee Scholarships (those awarded through the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships in the name of that committee). Please note that this is separate from any Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal that a student might have to complete for Federal Financial Aid.
Procedure for Implementation
- Scholarship recipients' grades are reviewed for the purpose of determining continuing
eligibility each year at the conclusion of the spring semester.
- Students not meeting the renewal 3.00 USC grade point average will receive notification
that their scholarship eligibility has been suspended. This notification will indicate
that the student should attend summer school* in order to regain that eligibility
requirement. Further, it will disclose that if he or she is unable to resolve the
eligibility concern for renewal through summer school enrollment, this appeal opportunity
is available for certain qualifying conditions.
- Each student will be allowed only one processed appeal. Second or subsequent appeals
will not be accepted for consideration.
- The appeal will be addressed to the University Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee
and presented to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships in writing.
Appeals must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation designated within the
policy and by the due date indicated within the notification of suspension to be considered
complete and sent to the committee for review. A completed appeal must include the
- a signed letter from the student indicating what condition they are appealing under and detailing the situation for the appeal and it should also outline how the student plans to improve their overall USC GPA
- supporting documentation as outlned under the appropriate appeal condition
- documented serious health condition of the appellant — to include illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition resulting in a period of incapacity requiring absence from classes (documentation to include a statement by a medical authority supporting the appeal and explaining the serious health condition and how the condition necessitated absences from classes)
- documented trauma upon the appellant (documentation to include legal, medical, law enforcement, etc. report noting the occurrence of a sudden or uncontrollable event that adversely affected the student’s academic performance)
- documented death or serious health condition of an immediate family member of the appellant; immediate family to include mother, father, sibling, spouse or child (documentation to include death certificate, public notice of the death or statement by a doctor supporting the serious health condition)
- documented call to the appellant to military active duty; military training not included
(documentation will be appropriate military paperwork)
- issues related to general college adjustment
- issues related to adjustment to a specific class/classes or a specific professor/professors
- issues related to roommate or housing situations or to personal/family relationship issues with another individual, including separation or divorce
- issues related to a change in college or major
- issues related to employment
- failure to request a leave of absence during a semester away from the university
*In order for summer school enrollment to affect the USC grade point average, attendance must be within the USC system.