Important Information & News
April 1, 2014 Priority Deadline
We begin making awards for 2014-15 on April 1, 2014. Be sure that your FAFSA is complete, and provide any additional information we might need to make your awards before that date. You can check the status of your FAFSA on Self-Service Carolina(SSC). Simply log onto SSC, choose "Financial Aid" and then choose "Eligibility." From there, you can see the date that we received your FAFSA, review any outstanding requirements, and take action to address these requirements.
On January 2, 2014, the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid became available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for the best aid package and to allow for timely notification of your eligibility.
IRS Data Retrieval - A New Tool To Help You Complete Your FAFSA!
When you complete your FAFSA online, be sure to use the new IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically complete parts of the application. With this tool, you can use your completed tax return to fill out parts of your application automatically! It's easy, it helps you avoid mistakes, and can make the entire aid application process easier!
This process becomes a requirement for the 2012-13 FAFSA.
Your Direct Student Loan
Be sure to complete the following steps to finalize your Direct Student Loan:
- Accept your loan on VIP at https://vip.sc.edu/
- If this is your first Direct Student Loan, complete Entrance Counseling at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
- Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action
Changes to the Direct Student Loan Programs
Beginning with the 2012-13 aid year, several important changes will occur to the Direct Student Loan Programs. These changes may include:
- Direct Loans for graduate and professional students will now be solely unsubsidized. This does not affect the total amount that can be borrowed.
- Subsidized Loans for undergraduate students will now accrue interest during the six month "grace period" after graduation.
Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.