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Freedom of Information Act Requests

The University of South Carolina is committed to trust and transparency, and makes public records available by request in accordance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. 

Make A Request

To request public records under FOIA, submit your request using the university's online FOIA portal. Be sure to make the request as specific as possible, including any key words or topics. For more information about what types of documents the university can release, read the SC Freedom of Information Act.

Once you've made a request, the university will send you an acknowledgement of your request within 10 business days, unless the requested documents are older than 24 months. In that case, the university will send an initial response within 20 business days. This response will include whether the university has the documents you've requested and any fees associated with their retrieval. 

If you have questions, please email


FOIA Fee Schedule

An individual or organization making a request can expect to be charged the total expense incurred for searching and retrieving records, redacting records, computer usage and making copies of requested information, as applicable. The fee will include the per hour cost of the individual or individuals searching for, retrieving, redacting, and making copies of records, as indicated in the fee schedule below.

The university will require a deposit of 25 percent of the total expected costs prior to retrieval. Fees can be paid using a check made payable to the University of South Carolina.


Service Cost
Search and Retrieval of Records $25/hour
Redaction of Records $25/hour
Search and Retrieval of Emails or Texts $40/hour
Physical hard copies printed $.10/page
Mailing of hard copies Actual cost of postage 


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