University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Applying for Aid FAQ


To apply for federal financial aid at USC Columbia, you must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is available each year on January 1st; you will use the FAFSA for the fall, spring, and summer semesters of the following academic year.

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Yes, you will need to complete a Renewal FAFSA each year.

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Our office has a priority date of April 1 for a student to be given full consideration for all types of aid because we have limitations on some types of funding. After April 1, students will be considered for Pell Grant funds, Direct Loan funds, and other types of loan funds. When completing the paper FAFSA, allow up to four weeks for processing.

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To be considered an independent student for financial aid purposes, a student must be able to answer yes to one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA and provide documentation if requested. The FAFSA does not look at whether you were or were not claimed on your parents' tax return to determine your dependency status.

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  1. Log into SSC
  2. Choose Financial Aid, Award, and Award for Aid Year
  3. Choose the Award Overview Tab to see your award. You can complete the required eligibility certifications for Palmetto Fellows, Life, Hope, and State Need-Based Grant awards by choosing the Terms and Conditions Tab.
  4. Then choose the Accept Award Offer tab to accept, decline or adjust any aid that you have been awarded.

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