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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Office provides service to both incoming and current students regarding how to apply for and maintain eligibility requirements for student financial aid.

The Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office is a centralized resource for students attending any of the four Palmetto College campuses.  On their website you can find out more about the types of aid available and the eligibility requirements.  We have links to all of their pages below.

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Academics and Financial Aid

Presentations about Financial Aid



Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship

  • Pell-eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer is eligible, under this scholarship, will be eligible receive a maximum Pell Grant award and a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for purposes of campus-based aid and Direct Loan awarding. This may also make the student eligible for other federal, state and institutional grants and programs like SEOG, State Need Based Grants, and TRiO programs
  •  To qualify for the scholarship, the student must: 1) Be less than 24 years of age OR enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent's or guardian's death; 2) Must file a FAFSA and prove that they are otherwise Pell-eligible: US Citizen or eligible non-citizen, Working on first undergraduate degree, have a Pell-eligible Expected Family Contribution (This is usually applicable for a Family Income of less than $60,000), and meet some other basic eligibility criteria.

What is a Liberal Arts Degree Worth?

  • “Among workers with liberal arts B.A.s, 82 percent are working (70 percent full-time), and the average full-time worker earns $55,000 annually, $20,000 more than high school graduates,” the report says. “Two out of five liberal arts graduates, however, go on to earn graduate degrees, which further boosts their earnings to $76,000 annually, on average.”

2020-2021 FAFSA

  • File
  • Available on October 1st, 2019
  • File using 2018 income tax information
  • Priority deadline April 1st
  • Fall Deadline August 1st, 2020 (after this you may not be awarded before the bill comes due)

Thelathia Bailey Emergency Textbook Scholarship Application

  • Not able to afford your books without a loan? Apply for our $300 Scholarship.

Quick Points

  • Don't pay for the FAFSA, it is free!
  • Don't pay for help to apply for other Financial Aid. We do it for free!
  • Don't share your SSN or FSA ID with anyone you do not trust.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Deadlines

  • Fall - Priority Deadline: August 1st; Final Deadline: December 1st 
  • Spring – Priority Deadline: December 1st ; Final Deadline: April 1st
  • Summer - Priority Deadline: April 1st; Final Deadline: June 1st  
  • Appeal Forms

South Carolina Teacher Loan/Career Changer

SC Student Loan has now updated the online application for the SC Teacher Loan/Career Changer program for the 2019/2020 academic year. 

Summer Aid

  • If you had Pell Grant in Fall and Spring you can now also get it in summer!
  • Application will be available on Self Service Carolina by April 1st
  • Priority deadline May 1st ; Final Deadline June 1st
  • More Information

Dual Enrollment

  • SC Residents in Dual Enrollment Courses taking 6 or more credit hours in a single semester are eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance
  • Complete the Dual Enrollment Packet (admissions, citizenship, immunization, residency)
  • Complete the High School Lottery Tuition Assistance Program Forms
  • Fall - Priority deadline: August 22nd; Final Deadline: September 13th
  • Spring - Priority deadline: January 13th; Final Deadline: February 14th
  • Summer – Priority deadline: May 11th; Final Deadline: June 15th