The summer is considered the end of the academic year. To apply for summer aid, you must have a current year FAFSA on file. For example, if you are attending Summer 2019, you should have a 2018-19 FAFSA on file for the year.
In addition to the FAFSA, a Summer Financial Aid Application is required. The application is available on Self Service Carolina (SSC) beginning April 1. Because of the compressed time frames for the summer, our office must adhere to application deadlines. The priority application deadline to complete the application is May 1. The Summer Financial Aid Application will be removed from SSC on June 1. Requests for summer aid after June 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Watch our tutorial, How to Apply For Summer Financial Aid on Self Service Carolina.
Funding and Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for most aid, you must be enrolled in at least six hours. On occasion, there may be limited funding for need based awards. Students who apply early for summer aid are automatically considered for these awards until funds are no longer available. If you were eligible for a Pell Grant for 2018-19, you may be eligible to receive additional Pell Grant funds during the summer. The financial aid office will determine your eligibility.
Important: If your planned enrollment involves any of the following for the summer, additional information will be requested.
- Study Abroad
- Concurrent Enrollment
- National Student Exchange
- Transient Study
Summer Financial Aid Checklist
Complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for a Federal Student Aid ID if necessary. You may need to provide parent information
on the FAFSA.
School Code: 003448
Check the status of your FAFSA
It could take one to two weeks to receive the results of your FAFSA. A completely processed 2018-19 FAFSA could take four to six weeks to process. Determine if there are any unsatisfied requirements on SSC.
Read all terms and conditions associated with your awards. If you have any non-institutional scholarships to be applied towards your bill, send the scholarship check to The Bursar’s Office at 1244 Blossom Street, Suite 128, Columbia, SC 29208.
Apply for loans if necessary
If aid has been awarded for the year, determine if you will need to apply for additional assistance in the form of student loans (PLUS, Graduate PLUS, or private loans).
The application for Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Parent and Graduate) are online at StudentLoans.gov. For more information about the Direct Parent PLUS or Graduate PLUS Loans, see the Federal Direct PLUS section of our website.
For a comprehensive list of private loan lenders our studentshave used over the past five years, please visit the Private Loans section of our website.
Complete the Summer Financial Aid Application on SSC
The Summer Financial Aid Application is available on SSC starting April 1. The priority deadline to complete this application is May 1.
Review transient study requirements if you will be a transient student in Summer
Transient students are USC-Columbia students who earn credits at another institution (including other USC campuses) and transfer the earned credits back to USC-Columbia. You must receive approval from your academic advisor to participate.
Concurrent students are USC-Columbia students who enroll at both USC-Columbia and at another institution (including other USC campuses) during the same semester. You must receive approval from your academic advisor to participate. If you are a concurrently enrolled student, you may receive financial aid for coursework at one school only and must meet the minimum requirements for each type of financial aid received for attendance at that school. The hours from school 1 and school 2 cannot be combined.
The deadline for transient study for summer is June 1.
Review study abroad requirements if you will be a study abroad student in Summer
The Study Abroad Program is set up to afford students the opportunity to study overseas and complement their academic program or major. Participation in this program is coordinated through the Study Abroad Office.
You must complete a Study Abroad Prescreen Form.
The deadline for study abroad for summer is June 1.