The summer is considered the end of the academic year. To apply for summer aid, you must have a current year FAFSA on file. For example, if you are attending Summer 2018, you should have a 2017-18 FAFSA on file for the year.
In addition to the FAFSA, a Summer Financial Aid Application is required. The application is available on Self Service Carolina (SSC) beginning April 1. Because of the compressed time frames for the summer, our office must adhere to application deadlines. The priority application deadline to complete the application is May 1. The Summer Financial Aid Application will be removed from SSC on June 1. Requests for summer aid after June 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Funding and Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for most aid, you must be enrolled at least half time. This equates to six hours over all summer sessions. On occasion, there may be limited funding for need based awards. Students who apply early for summer aid are automatically considered for these awards until funds are no longer available.
Important: If your planned enrollment involves any of the following for the summer, additional information will be requested.
- Study Abroad
- Concurrent Enrollment
- National Student Exchange
- Transient Study
Summer Financial Aid Checklist
Complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID if necessary. You may need to provide parent information
on the FAFSA.
School Code: 003448
Check the status of your FAFSA
It could take one to two weeks to receive the results of your FAFSA. 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).
Read all terms and conditions associated with your awards. If you have any non-institutional scholarships to be applied towards your bill, send the scholarship check to The Bursar’s Office at 1244 Blossom Street, Suite 128, Columbia, SC 29208.
Complete the Summer Financial Aid Application on SSC
The Summer Financial Aid Application is available on SSC starting April 1. The priority deadline to complete this application is May 1.