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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Overview

The financial aid programs of the University of South Carolina Lancaster make it possible for many students to attend the University who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. Scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment are available to qualified undergraduate students.

Eligibility for most types of aid except academic scholarships depends on the applicant’s financial circumstances. The University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the amount of assistance each applicant is eligible to receive. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA via the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov; however, paper applications may still be obtained from most high-school guidance offices or any financial aid office.

General Guidelines for Financial Aid

1. The student should have applied and been accepted for admission to USC Lancaster as a regular student working toward a degree.

2. The student must have a high-school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.

3. Each applicant should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating the University of South Carolina Lancaster as the school of attendance.

4. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent from the U.S. Department of Education to the student.

5. If corrections are necessary, the corrections should be made on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

6. Information concerning the other federal financial aid programs, Federal Work-Study, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, and Federal PLUS Loans may be obtained from the USC Lancaster financial aid office.

7. The student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completing a degree or certificate program.

8. The student must sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default.

9. Awards of financial assistance are made in the summer prior to the beginning of the fall semester. An award notification will be sent to the student once the file is complete.

10. In order to be considered for some types of federal financial assistance, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours); the Pell Grant program is an exception to this requirement.

11. Awards will be based only on a student’s enrollment status during the official registration period.

12. The financial aid office staff is available for counseling with students and parents concerning any financial aid program.

Financial Aid and the Extended Graduate Campus Program

Financial aid for graduate students who are admitted and registered through The Graduate School on the University’s Columbia campus will have their financial aid administered by the Columbia campus financial aid office regardless of the student's campus location. As such, graduate students in this category should list the University of South Carolina Columbia as their school of choice on the FAFSA form. All financial aid-related correspondence should be directed to the Columbia campus financial aid office.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement

Undergraduate students who have been awarded federal student financial aid funds are required to be making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree or certificate program in order to receive those funds. A complete policy listing is on file in the financial aid office. Below is an overview of this policy.

Undergraduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they:

1. are admitted and enrolled as degree-seeking students;

2. meet University standards for continued enrollment;

3. complete requirements for a degree or certificate within a reasonable length of time as specified below:

a. The total number of semesters of full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours attempted) at any postsecondary institution does not exceed 10 semesters for a four-year degree or five semesters for a two-year degree or certificate.
b. The total number of semesters of part-time enrollment (less than 12 semester hours attempted) does not exceed the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree or five full-time semesters for a two-year degree or certificate

4. earn no fewer than 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit per academic year if enrolled as a full-time student. The academic year for satisfactory academic progress is composed of the fall, spring, and summer terms; (Part-time students must earn no fewer than 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit per full-time equivalent semester if enrolled as a part-time student.)

5. maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 after attempting 48 hours of either USC or other school (transfer) course work.

Explanation

Under these standards, students will be ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds if any of the following occurs:

1. The total number of semesters of enrollment as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours attempted) exceeds 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree, or the total number of semesters of enrollment as a part-time student (less than 12 semesters hours attempted) exceeds the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree. These limits include all work done at any post-secondary institution, whether or not financial aid was received.
2. The total number of earned hours falls below the prescribed number based upon enrollment in undergraduate or graduate study.
3. The yearly cumulative grade point deficit (GPD) is 24 or greater and results in the student's ineligibility for continued enrollment. (See "Academic Suspension" in the "Academic Regulations" chapter of this bulletin for an explanation of the grade point deficit system.)
4. The cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 after attempting 48 credit hours of either USC or transfer credit work.

In other words, students who accumulate a yearly or cumulative GPD that subjects them to suspension, who have been enrolled for more than the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree program, who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 after attempting 48 credit hours, or who do not earn the minimum number of semester hours required will become ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds. This determination applies without regard to any financial aid award letter that may have been sent or received prior to the time the determination is made.

Federal financial aid programs covered by these standards:

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Work-Study
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Stafford Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized
Federal PLUS
Some select private loans (as determined by the lender)
South Carolina LIFE Scholarship
South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
South Carolina Need-Based Grant
Other federal or state programs as required

Appeals

Students who have been determined to be ineligible for further receipt of federal student financial aid funds under these standards may appeal the determination. Procedures for appeal are available upon request from the financial aid office.

Reinstatement

Students shall be reinstated for financial aid eligibility at such time as they successfully complete sufficient hours and have a sufficient grade point average to meet the minimum requirements for eligibility as set forth in this policy.

Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federally funded student financial aid grant program. It serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Typically, it is available only to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined according to federal law and is based on the financial information you and your family provided on your FAFSA.

You are notified of your possible eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant via the Student Aid Report (SAR). The financial aid office will receive this information directly from the federal processor and determine the amount of your Federal Pell Grant. You should carefully review the information on your SAR and, if it is correct, keep it for your records. If you discover mistakes, follow the instructions and submit corrections as soon as possible.

If you or your family experiences a major change in your financial situation after your Pell Grant eligibility has been determined, you should notify the financial aid office immediately. A counselor will be able to determine if you qualify for an adjustment of your Pell Grant award and/or other financial aid.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG is a grant that does not need to be repaid. The financial aid office awards USC's limited allocation of FSEOG funds. Recipients must be undergraduates who have not already earned a baccalaureate degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. FSEOG recipients must be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and have the lowest EFC's from among those students being considered for an award.

State Need-Based Grant Program (SNBG)

The South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a state-funded grant for undergraduates attending public and independent colleges and universities within South Carolina. Recipients may not have already earned a baccalaureate degree. To be considered, you must be a South Carolina resident, be admitted or currently enrolled with a minimum GPA of 2.00, complete the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need, be of good moral character, and have no felony and/or alcohol or drug convictions for a period of one year. Additionally, to renew a state grant award, you must maintain an annual 2.00 GPA and complete 24 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters if enrolled full time or an equivalent number of hours based on enrollment if less than full time. Awards are made for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) only. The State Need-Based Grant does not need to be repaid.

South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship

The South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship (LIFE) was established by the General Assembly during the 1998 legislative session. To be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship, you must have graduated from a high school located in South Carolina on or after May 1995 and be a full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking student. You must enroll at an eligible institution within two years and three months of high-school graduation. You must be a South Carolina resident for in-state tuition purposes at the time of enrollment and have no felony, alcohol, or drug convictions. If, however, you have been judged delinquent or have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to an alcohol or drug misdemeanor, you are ineligible for one calendar year from the date of the conviction. You must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident under state laws. You may not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or state financial aid program.

If you are a first-time entering freshman, you must have graduated from high school with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.

For initial LIFE Scholarship eligibility, if a currently enrolled student, you must have earned a cumulative 3.00 USC GPA at the end of the academic year. You must also have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours, or the annual equivalent at all institutions attended, for the previous academic year if completing your first year; 60 credit hours must have been earned if completing your second year; and, 90 credit hours must have been earned if completing your third year.

You may receive the LIFE scholarship for not more than eight semesters for a four-year degree or 10 semesters for a five-year degree. Funds from this program may not be used for remedial courses or continuing education classes. If you are receiving South Carolina's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, you are not eligible for a LIFE Scholarship.

To retain the LIFE Scholarship you must earn an average of 30 credit hours for each academic year and earn a 3.00 cumulative USC GPA by the end of the academic year. The financial aid office, using data from the admissions and records offices, is responsible for awarding LIFE Scholarships.

Please note that the LIFE Scholarship statutes and regulations are subject to change by the South Carolina Legislature.

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program

During the 2002 legislative session, the South Carolina General Assembly established the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide resources that supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes to South Carolina's students. The program assists students who wish to attend two-year public or independent college in the state. In calculating the amount awarded, any and all federal grants and need-based grants must first be awarded before determining the amount a student is eligible to receive. A student may receive up to the cost of tuition. The college at which the student is enrolled will notify each student of the exact award amount.

In order to qualify for lottery tuition assistance, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the process to determine eligibility for federal student aid each academic year
  • be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable state statues governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes
  • be enrolled at the time of the grant disbursement in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the term and be making satisfactory academic progress toward an associate's degree
  • verify that the student does not owe a refund or repayment on a state grant, Federal Pell Grant, or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and is not in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan programs
  • must not be eligible for or a recipient of the LIFE scholarship.

To retain program funds, a student must have a 2.00 GPA by the end of the academic year, after attempting 24 credit hours.

In addition, students shall not be eligible to receive lottery tuition assistance for more than one certificate, diploma, or degree earned wthin any five-year period.

The financial aid office administers the South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program, and the exact award amount is dependent upon the number of eligible recipients and the amount of funding each academic year. Please note that program statutes and regulations are subject to change by the S.C. Legislature.

Loans

Federal Stafford Loan--Subsidized

The subsidized Stafford Loan Program provides long-term, low-interest, need-based loans to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The interest rate is variable and set at 3.1 percentage points above the 91-day Treasury bill rate with an 8.25 percent cap. The interest rate on subsidized Federal Stafford Loans made prior to July 1, 1994, will vary according to the dates on which the loans were disbursed and/or the borrower's outstanding federal loan indebtedness. The interest rate during repayment will be different. These rates are subject to change by law.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans may be requested from a variety of lenders with a loan guaranty from any authorized guarantee agency. As an undergraduate, you may borrow up to $2,625 for the first year of study, $3,500 for the second year, and $5,500 per year for subsequent undergraduate study, not to exceed a maximum of $23,000. If you receive a subsidized Stafford Loan, you will not be required to begin repayment until six months after you cease to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.

Some students will receive a promissory note which must signed, completed, and returned to your lender before any loan funds will be disbursed. Once a Master Promissory Note is on file, it may be used for all future Stafford Loans you may borrow while attending USC. You will no longer need to sign a promissory note each year you apply for and receive a Stafford Loan.

Federal regulations require that we limit or reduce the amount of a Stafford Loan under certain prescribed conditions. These conditions are as follows: 1) You are an undergraduate and you apply for a Stafford loan and are enrolled less than a full academic year (fall and spring semesters); or 2) you will complete all degree requirements at the end of the semester or term. If either of these conditions occur, the Stafford Loan amount may be reduced. The financial aid office will make this adjustment and send you a revised award letter.

We are required to disburse your loan in two equal installments to coincide with the beginning and midpoint of the enrollment period covered by the loan. Additionally, if after the time your Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) was certified, you receive any type of other financial assistance, or your tuition fee structure changes, your eligibility for the Stafford Loan may be reduced. In some cases, you may be required to repay amounts in excess of your eligibility.

Federal Stafford Loan--Unsubsidized

The unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan program is similar to the subsidized Stafford Loan except that eligibility is not based on financial need and interest payments are not subsidized by the federal government, but rather are the responsibility of the borrower.

If you are a dependent student, your annual unsubsidized and subsidized Stafford Loan totals combined cannot exceed the totals previously noted for a subsidized Stafford Loan. As an independent student, you have additional unsubsidized eligibility of $4,000 per year for the first and second years of study and $5,000 per year for subsequent undergraduate study. The interest rate is the same as the subsidized Stafford Loan; however, interest begins to accrue at the time the lender makes the loan and is not automatically deferred. You may choose to pay the interest or request that it be deferred. This results in the deferred interest being capitalized and creating a greater expense to you during repayment.

Some students will receive a promissory note, which must be completed, signed, and returned to your lender before any loan funds will be disbursed. Once a Master Promissory Note is on file, it may also be used for all future Stafford Loans you may borrow while attending USC. You will no longer need to sign a promissory note each year you apply for and receive a Stafford Loan.

Federal regulations require that we limit or reduce the amount of a Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) under certain prescribed conditions. These conditions are as follows: (1) You are an undergraduate and you apply for a Stafford loan and are enrolled less than a full academic year (fall and spring semesters); or (2) you will complete all degree requirements at the end of the semester or term. If either of these conditions occur, the Stafford Loan amount may be reduced. The financial aid office will make this adjustment and send you a revised award letter.

We are required to disburse your loan in two equal installments to coincide with the beginning and midpoint of the enrollment period covered by the loan. Additionally, if after the time your Federal Stafford Loan, (subsidized or unsubsidized) was certified, you receive any type of other financial assistance, or your tuition fee structure changes, your eligibility for the Stafford Loan may be reduced. In some cases, you may be required to repay amounts in excess of your eligibility.

The initial disbursement of all Stafford Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized, for first-time, first-year borrowers must be delayed until 30 days after the beginning date of the initial loan period.

Federal PLUS

The PLUS loan is a non--need-based educational loan program that allows parents to borrow funds for full-time dependent students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of education less any other financial assistance received during the loan period. For loans disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, the interest rate is variable, based upon the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day T-bill, plus 3.1 percent. The variable rate is capped at 9 percent. Previous PLUS loans may have a different interest rate depending upon when the loan was first disbursed. Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is made. The repayment period can be extended up to 10 years with minimum monthly payments to be arranged with the lender.

PLUS loan checks are mailed directly from the lender to the school. The Business Office handles all PLUS loan checks. Questions regarding the handling of these checks should be directed to that office. Parents/students are advised to exhaust their eligibility for other federal student aid programs before considering the PLUS loan.

South Carolina Teacher Loan Program

This program is available only to residents of South Carolina who are attending college for the purpose of becoming certified teachers employed in the state's school system in areas of critical need as defined by the State Board of Education. For loan recipients who become certified and teach in an area of critical need, the loan shall be cancelled at the rate of 20 percent for each full year of teaching, up to 100 percent. Loan recipients who do not become certified and/or do not teach in an area of critical need shall be responsible for repaying the entire amount of loan funds borrowed plus interest. Contact the financial aid office for application information and deadlines.

Federal Perkins Loan

The Perkins Loan Program is a low-interest (5 percent), long-term educational loan program available to both undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. This is a loan and must be repaid. Undergraduates may borrow up to $4,000 for each year of study and up to $20,000 to complete an undergraduate degree. Interest is not charged and repayment does not begin until nine months after your enrollment drops below half-time status. If you receive your first Perkins Loan on or after October 1, 1992, your minimum payment will be $40 per month. In all cases, repayment may extend up to 10 years depending upon the total amount borrowed. If you have outstanding National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) balances and you are receiving a Federal Perkins Loan now, you must review your NDSL Promissory Note to determine the terms and conditions that apply to your loan. Under certain conditions of reenrollment, employment, or extenuating circumstances, payments may be deferred or cancelled. Further information concerning repayment is available in the financial aid office.

Work Opportunities

Federal Work-Study Program. The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time employment for needy students to meet their educational expenses. To be eligible for employment under this federal program, a student must be enrolled in the University or fully accepted for admission and demonstrate financial need.

Students who are enrolled at least half-time work an average of 15 to 20 hours per week. During vacation periods it is sometimes possible to work up to 40 hours per week. Pay rates vary with the job assignment.

Refunds and Financial Aid

The official USC Lancaster policy and procedure concerning refunds which result from the withdrawal or reduction of hours is contained in the "Expenses" section of this bulletin.

Students who withdraw or reduce hours may be eligible to receive a refund as provided by the official University policy; however, recipients of financial aid generally do not receive the refund.

When students who are recipients of federal financial aid withdraw from all classes, they are only entitled to retain a percentage of the federal financial aid received that is proportional to the time they remained enrolled. If, for example, a student withdraws after completing 30 percent of the semester or summer term, they can only retain 30 percent of the federal financial aid they received. The balance, 70 percent, must be returned to the financial aid programs. The Office of the Bursar performs this calculation and students are notified by mail of the outcome.

When funds are applied back to the federal financial aid programs, loan funds are always returned first, thereby reducing the student's repayment obligation. If funds remain after repaying federal loans, they are then repaid to the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs. After all federal funds are repaid, state-sponsored grant programs then receive any remaining payments.

For more detailed information, including an example of a refund calculation, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Academic Scholarships and Awards

Who Should Apply

Scholarship recipients are selected by the Student Scholarships and Special Awards Committee of the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of high-school records, SAT scores, and other qualifications as established by the selection committee. Admissions acceptance is required before consideration may be given to a scholarship applicant. These scholarships range in value from $200 to more than $9,000 and are awarded to students who show outstanding academic achievement and talent and/or demonstrate significant leadership ability. Students must maintain the required standards in order to retain their scholarship. This includes but is not limited to participation in the honors program.

How To Apply

Submit an application for undergraduate admission to USC Lancaster and a USC Lancaster Academic Scholarship Application.

When To Apply

Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

Where To Apply

Applications should be mailed to Office of Admissions and Records, USC Lancaster, P.O. Box 889, Lancaster, SC 29721, or hand delivered to the Office of Admissions and Records, Starr Hall, at USC Lancaster.

University of South Carolina Lancaster Academic Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to students at USC Lancaster.

Abitibi Bowater Inc. Scholarship. Awarded to a resident of Lancaster, Chester, York, Kershaw, or Chesterfield County with financial need who shows promise and interest in the paper products field.

Eugenia Adams Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was endowed in 1984 in memory of Eugenia Adams.

Mr. And Mrs. William F. Adams Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2000 by Mr. And Mrs. William F. Adams.

James Preston Allison and Edward C. Allison Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1993 in memory of James P. Allison and Edward C. Allison.

Robert Erasmus Allison and Mary Chambers Allison Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1993 in memory of Robert E. Allison and Mary C. Allison.

John R. (Pete) Arnold Scholarship. Established in 1990 in honor of John R. (Pete) Arnold, dean emeritus.

John M. Barnes Scholarship. Endowed by Mrs. John M. Barnes in 2006 in memory of her husband. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student with financial need.

Theodore Roosevelt Barnes and Emma McMullen Barnes Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. Student must be African American and show promise and interest in majoring in and pursuing a career in education.

The Barry Family Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2004.

William T. Biggerstaff Scholarship. Established and endowed in 2006 in memory of Bill Biggerstaff by his family and friends.

Mrs. Claude Shell Billings Scholarship. Scholarship Endowed in 1994 in memory of Mrs. K.C. Billings.

K.C. Billings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1984 in memory of K.C. Billings.

Mildred Billings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Mildred Billings.

R. Hacker Billings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of R. Hacker Billings.

Robert Hacker Billings Jr., Robert Kennedy Billings, and Ruth Billings Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was endowed in 1994.

Richard Blackmon Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County student with financial need majoring in nursing, computer science, business, criminal justice, or a profession which will directly serve society.

Clough Blalock Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving student from Lancaster County. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Linda C. Blalock in honor of her family.

The Elsie Boyce Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1992 and is based on need and sincerity.

Theodore Williams Boyce Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1977 in memory of Theodore Williams Boyce. Recipient is to be of good character, determination, ambition, effort, and personality.

Thomas Boyd Bradley Academic Scholarship. Awarded for one or two years to an incoming freshman majoring in business. The scholarship was endowed in 1984 in honor of Thomas Boyd Bradley.

Angela M. Brasington Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2003. Preference is given to working mothers.

Arthur M. Burch Scholarship. Established in2001. Awarded to a Kanawha Insurance Company employee or dependent of Kanawha Insurance Company employee. Recipient must be pursuing a business education with interest in the field of life and health insurance.

Legare H. Calhoun Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1987 in memory of Legare H. Calhoun.

Katherine J. Carnes Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1981.

Dr. Edward William and Mary Sue Catalano Scholarship. Established in November 2005 and endowed in 2007. To be awarded to a student attending USC Lancaster whose record demonstrates a love of reading and a willingness to perform community service. The student must show promise of work toward a university degree and maintain at least a minimum GPA required for graduation in the students major field of study.

Welton H. and Mary Frances Catoe Scholarship. Endowed in 1999. Awarded to a resident of Kershaw, S.C. Recipient must have financial need.

Chester Healthcare Foundation Scholarships. Awarded to full-time students at USC Lancaster in the fields of health, including pre-nursing, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, and pre-physical therapy. Restricted to a resident of Chester County.

William Porter Clyburn and Ruby Clyburn Memorial Scholarship. Endowed in 2001 in memory of William Porter Clyburn and Ruby Clyburn.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Collins Sr. Scholarship. Endowed in 1997. To be awarded to a deserving student.

Commencement Speaker Scholarship. A one-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually in honor of the commencement speaker.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Connelly Jr. Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was established in 1975 and endowed in 1993.

Dr. R.L. Crawford Endowment for Excellence. Established in 2000 in honor of Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Crawford.

Dr. R.L. Crawford and Mrs. Tennessee "Tennie" Calhoun Crawford Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident majoring in premedical or medical research to include chemistry, physics, or biology related majors. The scholarship was endowed in 1981.

Stanley Crew Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1979 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Crew.

Crockett Family of Lancaster County Scholarship. Awarded to assist a student with financial need. The scholarship was endowed in 1989 in memory and honor of the Crockett family of Lancaster County.

Dr. Donald L. Crolley Scholarship. Established in 2000 by friends and family as a tribute to Dr. Donald L. Crolley.

Dr. Deborah Cureton Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1985 by the USC Lancaster Black Awareness Group.

The Davis Family Scholarship. Endowed in 2005 in honor of the Ken Davis family.

The Reverend and Mrs. Billy Deason Scholarship. Established in 2004 by the friends of The Reverend and Mrs. Billy Deason.

The Derrick Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1985.

Don and Marie Dixon Scholarship. Established in 1979 and endowed in 2005 in memory and in honor of Don and Marie Dixon.

James Edward Dodds and Mary Morse Dodds Scholarship. Established in 2004 in memory of James Edward Dodds and Mary Morse Dodds.

Judge and Mrs. Robert M. Doster Scholarship. Established in 1999 in memory of Judge Robert M. Doster and in honor of Mrs. Robert M. Doster.

Dr. and Mrs. William W. Duke Academic Scholarship. Restricted to a qualified full-time student who is affiliated with or whose parents are affiliated with JAARS.

Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina Lancaster Scholarship. The number of these scholarships varies from year to year depending upon need and available funds. Recipient must be a graduate of Lancaster County schools.

Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Edwards Scholarship. Established by Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Edwards. Restricted to a qualified full-time student who is affiliated with or whose parents are affiliated with JAARS.

Ken and Mary Esther Faile Scholarship. Established in 2001. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident and a graduate of a Lancaster County high school. Based on need, sincerity, and commitment to education. Endowed 2003.

Peggy and Williford Faile Criminal Justice Scholarship. Endowed in 1997. Recipient will be from Lancaster County majoring in a criminal justice field.

The Faile Fund. Endowed in 2006 by Francis (Frankie) and Michelle Faile in honor of their family. Preference is given to special needs.

Blake Faulkenberry Scholarship. Established in 2006. Awarded to a non-traditional, continuing student, 25 years or older.  Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

First Citizens Bank and Trust Scholarship. Awarded with preference given to company employees or their dependents, provided they meet the criteria; if not, then to an academically talented student majoring in business or banking. The scholarship was established in 1990.

Margaret K. Foster Memorial Scholarship. Established in 1984 by friends and family of Marnie Foster, a former professor at USCL. Restricted to a student majoring in the humanities.

Friends of Medford Library Literary Scholarship. Awarded annually for fiction, poetry, and essay by the Friends of the Medford Library.

Dr. J. Reece Funderburk Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student from Lancaster County whose interest is in civic and governmental science. The scholarship was endowed in 1989 in memory of J. Reece Funderburk Jr.

Jessie Morrison White Gibson Scholarship. A full-tuition annual scholarship for two years with preference given to an employee or a dependent of an employee of Morrison Textile Machinery Company. The scholarship was established in 1992 by Morrison Textile Machinery Company.

Sen. Greg Gregory Scholarships. Established and endowed in 2008 by friends and family of Sen. Greg Gregory.

Ned Gregory Sr. Scholarship. Established in 1985 and endowed in 2006 in memory of Ned Gregory Sr.

A.W. Hagins Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1975 by Porter-Belk Lumber Company, Inc., in memory of A.W. Hagins.

Clara P. Hammond Scholarship Award. Awarded to an outstanding freshman or sophomore who shows exemplary scholarship and leadership. Established in 1964 in memory of Clara P. Hammond.

Dr. J.C. Harris and Jessie Roberts Harris Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship endowed in 2004 in memory of Dr. J.C. Harris and Jessie Roberts Harris.

The Barbara Ann Howze Memorial Scholarship for Handicapped Students. Established in 2006 in memory of Barbara Ann Howze by her family and friends.

Adele A. Hubbard Nursing Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident with a nursing major. The scholarship was established in 1985.

Humana America Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. This scholarship was established in 1976 by Kanawha Insurance Company.

D.H. and Tommie Jernigan Scholarship. Endowed in 1998 by their daughter, Sara Eddins, in her parents' honor. Awarded to a student from Lancaster High School who has successfully completed the mathematics program through calculus.

Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship. Endowed in 2008 by the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. in honor of the 50th Anniversary Campaign of USC Lancaster. Awarded to an African American female from Lancaster County. Recipient must show promise of work toward a university degree and maintain a minimum of 2.50 grade point average in the student's major field of study.

Lancaster County Retired Educators Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a continuing student seeking a degree in education. The scholarship was established in 1986. Recipient must be a graduate from Lancaster County schools with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Lancaster Thursday Rotary Club Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1975 by the Lancaster Thursday Rotary Club.

Lancaster Rotary Club Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 2000 by the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club.

James B. Lasley Engineering Scholarship. Endowed in 1998 by his wife, Myrtle Edna Bailey Lasley, in her husband's honor. Awarded to a graduate of Lancaster County schools with a preferred major in the field of mathematics or science.

Lehigh-Lancaster Inc. Scholarship. Awarded with preference given to employees or dependents of employees of the company provided they meet other criteria; if not, then to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1976.

Lemforder Corporation Scholarship. Awarded annually to one male and one female student who show interest and commitment to community service and family values and who are graduates of Lancaster County schools.

Lewisville Community Scholarship. Established in 1981 by the Lewisville Community Scholarship Fund. Awarded to a Lewisville High School graduate.

Mark B. Logan Scholarship.  Established in 2006 by Mark B. Logan to help students at USC Lancaster meet their educational goals.

Tom Mangum Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was endowed in 1976 by friends of Tom Mangum.

Tom Gibson Mangum Academic Scholarship. Eight scholarships are underwritten by the Tom Gibson Mangum Endowment established in 1986. Two scholarships will be awarded per year, each for a maximum four-year period. The recipients shall be expected to remain at USC Lancaster for a minimum of two academic years or as long as the recipients can complete a full semester in their major. Recipients must be residents of Lancaster County who graduated from a Lancaster County public high school.

Ernest K. and Brenda B. Mathis Scholarship. Endowed in 1993. Awarded to a freshman or sophomore who graduated from one of the public high schools of Lancaster County and who is pursing a career in education or nursing.

The Marge McCullough Scholarship. Established in March 2006 by her daughter, Noni Bohonak, in memory of her mother.

J. William Medford Library Fund. Established in memory of J. William Medford and Mrs. Amelia B. Medford.

Linda W. Melton Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a pre-medical, nursing, or medical research student. This scholarship was endowed in 1977 by Melvin B. Melton.

Michael R. Melton Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Endowed by Lynches River Electric Cooperative in memory of Michael R. (Mike) Melton as an undergraduate scholarship. Preference given to families who are also members/consumers of Lynches River Electric Co-op. If no members/consumers meet the criteria, nonmembers would then be eligible. Recipients must live in Chesterfield, Kershaw, or Lancaster County.

Elizabeth B. and Robert L. Mobley Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2006 and endowed in 2007 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mobley.

Albertine Moore Scholarships. Awarded for two years at USC Lancaster and two years at USC Columbia to Kershaw and Lancaster County residents with preference given to Heath Springs residents.

James L. Morrison Memorial Scholarship. A full tuition annual scholarship for four years with preference given to employees or dependents of employees of the company provided they meet other criteria; if not, then to a resident of Lancaster County. This scholarship was established in 1975 and endowed in 1977 by Morrison Textile Machinery Company in memory of the founder, James L. Morrison.

G.T. Myers Sr. Scholarship. Established in 2002 by G.T. Myers Jr. in honor of his father, G.T. Myers Sr.

Nebraska Bookstore #242 Scholarship at USC Lancaster. Established in 2006 by the Nebraska Bookstore Company for USC Lancaster.

Eliza Parks Nunnery Nursing Scholarship. Established in 1997 and endowed in 1999. The scholarship will be given annually to a nursing student Preference is given to financial need, academic promise/potential, and interest in geriatrics.

James M. and Patricia B. Price Scholarship. Awarded to a rising sophomore for books. Student must be a Buford High School graduate. Student must have at least a 2.0 GPA and must be worthy of financial assistance.

Claude Davis Robertson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1986. Awarded to a student whose emphasis is within the educational field. Student must be from Lancaster County.

D.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships were endowed in 1984 in memory of D.L. Robinson.

Mrs. D.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Mrs. D.L. Robinson.

Helen L. Robinson Scholarship. Endowed in 1994 in memory of Helen L. Robinson.

Frank L. Roddey Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships awarded to students of the region. The scholarships were established in 1979.

The Don S. and Betsy McConnell Rushing Scholarship. Endowed in May of 1998. Awarded to a graduate of Lancaster High School. It is based on financial need and is not based on academic achievement since it is the opinion of the Rushings that there are a lot of average students who are passed over for many scholarships and their need is just as great.

Sara Jane Scholarship. Awarded to a student based upon need. The scholarship was endowed in 1991 in honor of Sara and Jane.

Donald B. and Carolyn W. Scott Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a student majoring in business or music. Preference given to a student who is physically challenged.

D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship. Awarded to students of the region. The scholarships were established in 1976 by the D.L. Scurry Foundation of Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. W.E. Sims Jr. Health Science Scholarship. Awarded to a student majoring in public health (exercise science, physical therapy, etc.), nursing (bachelor's degree only), pre-medicine, or prepharmacy. The scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of Dr. W.E. Sims Jr.

The Richard Steele Academic Scholarship. Restricted to the best qualified, full-time student who is affiliated with or whose parents are affiliated with JAARS.

Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Stevens Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a graduate of Buford High School. The scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Betsy Stevens.

The Hazel Calhoun Strange Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Hazel Calhoun Strange.

Blake E. and Ann S. Taylor Scholarship. Recipient must be a resident of Heath Springs, S.C., and have financial need.

Thompson & Davis Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving, well-rounded Lancaster County or Great Falls high-school graduate with first preference to an employee or dependent of an employee of Thompson & Davis. Preference is also given to a student enrolled in a four year program. The scholarship was established in 1993 by W. Carlton Thompson and James K. Davis.

USC Lancaster Bookstore and Campus Shop Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was established in 1982.

USC Lancaster Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving student of the region. The scholarship was established by USC Lancaster faculty and staff in 1975 and is underwritten annually by their contributions.

USC Lancaster Gamecock Big Thursday Scholarship. Created in 2000 by a group of USCL supporters by monies raised through golf tournaments. Award restricted to a Lancaster County resident.

USCL Full-Tuition Valedictorian/Salutatorian Award. A full-tuition annual award for two years awarded to entering freshmen who are graduates of South Carolina public and private high schools and who ranked first or second in their class. The award is renewable for undergraduate study at USC Lancaster only.

University 101 Scholarship. Awarded to an entering freshman who is an undeclared major and a resident of South Carolina and plans to take University 101.

D. Glenn Yarborough Scholarship. Awarded to a freshman of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1979 by friends of D. Glenn Yarborough.

Veterans Benefits

The following policies and procedures are of primary concern to veterans, servicepersons, members of guard and selected reserves, and other eligible persons who receive VA educational benefits while enrolled at the University.

Please note: Academic standards of progress and attendance are covered under school standards of progress as specified by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, License Division, and are required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Enrollment Certification

Certification by the University VA certifying official in the Office of Veterans Services is required for eligible students who wish to receive VA educational benefit checks. Students must initiate their own requests for enrollment certification. The certifying official will transmit certifications and other forms to the VA only for those students who have made such requests and have completed the necessary paperwork.

Normally, the VA requires that eligible students must have completed full University admissions requirements and matriculation into degree-seeking status before they may receive VA educational benefits. However, those students admitted as "Provisional," "Military Special," or "Transient," or students enrolling for prerequisite courses required for admission into a professional degree program or school may request VA certification if they provide appropriate documentation. Any VA students in these categories should contact the University Office of Veterans Services for details. In these and all other admissions categories, only the federal VA has the final authority to award or to deny military educational benefits.

Undergraduate veterans or servicepersons should contact Scott King in USC Columbia's Office of Undergraduate Admissions (803-777-7700) for consideration of receiving college credit for military schools.

Students can best ensure receipt of benefits by informing the school VA office of their intent to register for classes and by supplying the number of credit hours for which they will enroll each semester. Eligible VA students may request certification on an annual basis and should recertify for each new academic year at least 45 days prior to the first day of class of their next semester. However, pursuant to federal law, servicepersons, and VA students who are enrolled for less than one-half time must request certification on a semester-by-semester basis.

Normally, VA payments are authorized only for those courses which are required by the academic department for the student's current degree program. All students receiving educational benefit checks from the VA are responsible for notifying the Office of Veterans Services of any changes in their degree programs and/or course loads during a semester, to include drop/add, withdrawal, changing from credit to audit status, invoking the Pass-Fail option in a course, or enrolling in any distance education course, independent study, internship, or practicum.

Appropriate forms and benefits-related information are available at the Office of Veterans Services. Each student request will be handled individually according to their VA benefit program and enrollment status at the University.

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