Bursar's Office

Physical Location
516/518 Main Street
Between Blossom & Wheat St.
Columbia, South Carolina

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Telephone (803) 777-4233
Fax (803) 777-7953

Mailing Address
University of South Carolina
The Bursar's Office
516 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208


The Office of Fee Assessment and Refunds is responsible for processing academic and departmental tuition and fee refunds. The following situations may result in a refund, pending the transaction occurs before the appropriate deadlines:

View the Important (W, WF, Refund, Withdrawal) Deadlines You Need to Know.

  • Change in a full-time student's schedule, which results in reclassification to part-time status
  • Change in a part-time student's schedule, which results in fewer credit hours
  • Course or courses dropped
  • Withdrawal from the University
  • Cancellation of a class by the University

Our refund process takes 4-6 weeks to complete. The refund checks are made payable to the student and are mailed to the student’s permanent address. Refunds are processed only for fees paid during the academic year. The academic year begins with the fall term and ends with the last summer session (Summer II). Refunds may be requested at any time during the academic year in which the applicable term occurs.

Refund Policy for Students who have Received TITLE IV Funds and Withdraw from the University.

Title IV Funds include:

  • Unsubsidized Direct Loan
  • Subsidized Direct Loan
  • Perkins Loan
  • Direct Plus Loan (Graduate Student)
  • Direct Plus Loan (Parent)
  • Pell Grant
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant
  • National SMART Grant
  • TEACH Grant

Federal financial aid funds are awarded with the expectation that students will complete the entire period of enrollment. Students "earn" a percentage of the funds that are disbursed with each day of class attendance. When a student who has received federal aid funds (Title IV Funds) leaves school before the end of the semester or period of enrollment, federal regulations require the University of South Carolina to calculate the percentage and amount of "unearned" financial aid funds that must be returned. Once a student has completed more than 60% of the enrollment period, they are considered to have earned all funding received. This calculation may have the effect of requiring the student who withdraws before this time frame to repay funds that have already been disbursed to the student or credited towards their current account for tuition, fees, housing and/or meals. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor in the Office of Student Affairs, or the appropriate office on their campus, prior to making the decision to withdraw from school.

Fee Assessment and Refunds
Phone: (803) 777-4233
Fax: (803) 777-0038
Email: bursref@mailbox.sc.edu
Bursar's Office
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Financial Aid Overages

To ensure timely disbursement of your financial aid awards, please ensure the necessary documentation has been completed and received by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Office of Student Loan Accounting disburses all financial aid overages. The beginning disbursement date is posted on VIP and this website. Due to Federal regulations we cannot disburse financial aid funds prior to the stated beginning date for each semester.
Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships with questions about your Financial Aid Awards.

Student Loan Accounting
Phone: (803) 777-8140
Fax: (803) 777-0038
Email: bursloan@mailbox.sc.edu
Student Loan Accounting, the Bursar's Office
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Direct Deposit of Refunds

The most rapid means of receiving refunds that are to be refunded to the student is via direct deposit. All direct deposits are set up online through the Self Service Carolina portal. The instructions to establish a Direct Deposit account through Self Service Caro-lina can be found here.

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