University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Important Information & News


South Carolina Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan

South Carolina's 529 college savings plan, The Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan, can be an important part of a long-term college savings strategy. Visit for more information about the many benefits of this program.

Direct PLUS Application for 2016-17 Academic Year

Students and parents, who wish to apply for a Direct PLUS Loan for the 2016-17 academic year at USC, may begin the application process on starting May 1, 2016.

Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and General University Scholarships during the Summer

If you are currently receiving Palmetto Fellows, LIFE and/or General University Scholarships, and remain eligible to receive the award at the end of the Spring 2016 term, you may be eligible to receive the award during the Summer 2016 term. Please note that the use of these awards during the summer will be considered as one of your eight semesters of eligibility. Please contact our office for more information, and to apply for consideration.

2016-2017 Financial Aid Awards

2016-2017 financial aid awards will begin appearing on Self Service Carolina (SSC) on Monday, April 4, 2016. To be considered for the best aid package, complete the FAFSA and all required documents by April 1, 2016.

Complete Your 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is available now at 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. The school code is 003448.

Replacement of Federal Student Aid PIN

The Federal Student Aid PIN, used to access and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, apply for PLUS loans, and complete loan entrance counseling/promissory notes, is being replaced by a new FSA ID. Click here to learn more.