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Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Scholarship FAQs

Read below for important and frequently asked questions about UofSC's freshmen scholarships and policies. 


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions awards scholarships to first-time, first-year freshman applicants. Students who complete the application for admission by December 1 and submit required credentials by February 1 will be automatically considered for the university's merit-based scholarships. Students who wish to be considered for the university's most prestigious scholarships must also complete the South Carolina Honors College/Top Scholars application by November 15.

For more information, visit our pages on scholarships for residents and nonresidents.

General university scholarships offers will be issued by mid-March. Scholarship recipients will receive an email notification when their award letters are posted online. Departmental award notifications vary; check directly with the department about its schedule.

All you need to do is submit your nonrefundable $200 enrollment deposit by May 1. Applications for admission are subject to cancellation if we do not receive the enrollment deposit by May 1. If you are a South Carolina student claiming SC residency for in-state tuition purposes, please complete the SC Residency Certification Form found in your Self Service Carolina account.

The official tuition and fees for each academic year is set in the summer. Estimated costs are listed in the Tuition and Scholarships section.

Scholarships are awarded based on two academic components: performance on required high school courses and standardized test scores. Students should submit all official test score attempts to the University of South Carolina by February 1. The university considers the test (SAT or ACT) with the highest scores that give students the greatest advantages in the admission and scholarship awarding process. The highest SAT score is calculated by combining the single highest math and highest EBRW scores from all test administrations. For the ACT, the single highest composite score is used.

Due to the competitiveness of the scholarship awarding process and financial aid pool, the university is unable to negotiate aid or scholarship awards.

The USC STEM Supplement, Presidential Scholars Award and the Provost Scholars Award are the only scholarships that can be combined with another scholarship from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You can find information about the Presidential Scholars Award, USC STEM Supplement and the Provost Scholars award here.

Scholarship offers for the freshman class will be issued mid-March. General university scholarships are awarded based on two academic components submitted in conjunction with your application for admission: performance in our required high school courses and standardized test scores submitted by February 1.


No. The freshman applicant pool is one of our most competitive on record, and we carefully allocated scholarships in accordance with our scholarship budget and institutional enrollment goals.


All general university scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. We only consider choice of major when evaluating a freshman applicant for the USC STEM Supplement, which applies to students pursuing degrees in science, math, technology and engineering fields (STEM fields). The USC STEM Supplement is a one-time, freshman-year only supplement available to admitted in-state freshmen who are named Palmetto Fellows Scholarship winners and who enroll in a STEM-eligible major. Visit this page for a list of STEM-eligible majors. The USC STEM Supplement may be added to any other general university scholarship.

For students entering in the fall, the latest testing date that meets our February 1 credentials deadline is the December test. Test scores received after February 1 are not used for scholarship consideration.


Students may be considered for both awards and should submit the FAFSA online at as early as October 1, but no later than April 1. Be sure to list the University of South Carolina code on the application: 003448.

Please visit Types of Aid and then Scholarships to review the departmental scholarship listing as well as information about non-university scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded to first-time, first-year freshmen for the fall semester only. Scholarships cannot be deferred to the spring semester.