All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the end of the Summer II semester (Aug 1). Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.
In addition to all general eligibility requirements, continuing students must maintain
your in-state residency and also meet requirements related to credit hours and GPA
earned. Dropping or withdrawing from a class may also impact your Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
You must earn a total of 30 credit hours for each academic year (fall, spring, summer).
Any credit hours earned before high school graduation, hours exempted by examination
and advanced placement credit do not count toward the 30-hour requirement.
You must earn a minimum 3.00 University of South Carolina cumulative grade point average
on a 4.00 scale by the end of the academic year (fall, spring, summer).
Only the cumulative grade point average earned at the University of South Carolina
Columbia and the University of South Carolina system campuses will be considered in
determining eligibility for continuing students.
Dropping a Class or Withdrawing
If you are receiving the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or any other financial aid,
dropping a class or withdrawing may affect your potential refund. Depending upon the
type(s) of financial aid awards involved, the withdrawal date, the amount of the refund,
and other factors, you might receive a portion of the total refund amount or none
of the refund amount.
Under certain circumstances, if you withdraw or drop classes, you will be required
to repay financial aid funds you received including the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
This is necessary when the refund amount is insufficient to meet the financial aid
fund recovery requirements.
If you are considering withdrawing or dropping classes, you should contact the Office
of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships before taking this action.
Changes in Residency
A change in your residency and fee payment status to nonresident will lead to the
required repayment of your award for any enrollment period in which you are no longer
classified as a resident and received the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
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