Please visit the Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office for the following information including but not limited to: (You may also click on the topic to be directed to the information.)
Determination of Aid Eligibility
Loan Entrance and Exit Requirements
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Effect of Withdrawal on Eligibility
Please visit the financial aid office website for Financial Aid Contact information
USC Salkehatchie Financial Aid
SC Commission on Higher Education Complaint Procedure
Aid Recipient Responsibilities
Assistance Available from Federal, State, Local and Institutional Programs
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
Financial Aid For Study Abroad
Non-S.C. State Grant Assistance
The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of financial aid policies and procedures that must be followed in order to receive financial aid at a Palmetto College Campus. Financial aid includes grants, loans, work-study and scholarship programs funded by federal and state governments, educational institutions and private organizations. The purpose of financial aid is to assist individuals in obtaining an education that otherwise do not have the resources to do so. Any student who receives funds through the various financial aid programs available must agree to the following terms and conditions. Please read these items carefully and contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.
The following document contains information pertaining to, but not limited to:
- Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
- Refund Policy and Return of Federal Financial Aid
- Requirements/Procedures for Withdrawal
- Accept, Reduce and Decline Awards
Please review the Academic Bulletin
USC Lancaster Academic Bulletin
USC Salkehatchie Academic Bulletin
for information including but not limited to:
Degree Programs and Course Descriptions
Expenses, Fees and Refunds
Facilities and Services
Transfer of Credit Policies for Undergraduates
- USC Lancaster Transfer Policy
- USC Salkehatchie Transfer Policy
- USC Sumter Transfer Policy
- USC Union Transfer Policy
Entrance and Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans
National Student Loan Data System
Vaccination (Immunization) Policies
Please review the Annual Security and Right to Know Report document for information including but not limited to:
- Palmetto College Campuses Alcohol and Drug Policies
- USC Drug-Free Workplace Policy
- Student Campus Security Information (including crime statistics)
- Title IX
- Student Success
- Campus Grievance Policies and Procedures
- Student Code of Conduct
- Voter Registration Information
SC Commission on Higher Education Student Complaint Procedures and Form
USC Lancaster Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
USC Salkehatchie Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
USC Sumter Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
USC Lancaster Disability Services
USC Salkehatchie Disability Services
USC Sumter Disability Services
The Net Price Calculator is designed to allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in a previous year after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. Palmetto College Campuses Net Price Calculator
The College Navigator website is part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). They are responsible for collecting all kinds of education related data including that in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can visit the College Navigator and type the name of the institution to receive a variety of information. NCES College Navigator.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued the “Program Integrity Rules” requiring institutions of higher education to be authorized in states where they provide education in order to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance. While parts of these rules have been challenged and vacated, other rules remain in effect, including state authorization in individual states. Therefore, since federal and state regulations continue to evolve regarding state authorization, the University created a page in order to provide information to its current and prospective students regarding our authorization and licensure status. The authorization for the Palmetto College Campuses is included with the Columbia Campus. State Authorization
September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Day). This day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world's longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words –– "We the People" –– affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. Since 1789, the Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.
To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Congress added key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.
Each Palmetto College Campus has activities on constitution day, please check the event calendar. You can also explore the content of the Constitution with this interactive website.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), passed by Congress in 1974, requires educational institutions to provide students access to their educational records, to allow students to correct inaccurate or misleading information in these records, and to limit the release of information to third parties. The rights parents exercise with respect to their children’s education records transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Click here for the University Registrar’s Office for additional information.
A Cohort Default Rate is the percentage of a school’s borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1st to September 30th, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.
The University of South Carolina Palmetto College Federal Direct Loan Cohort Default Rate for each campus is listed below for FY 2019:
|University of South Carolina Lancaster||4.5%|
|University of South Carolina Salkehatchie||9.9%|
|University of South Carolina Sumter||4.3%|
|University of South Carolina Union||6.3%|
The University of South Carolina – Columbia Campus as well as the Palmetto College Campuses regularly reviews and monitors multiple Student Outcomes data metrics. This includes such things as retention and graduation rates, licensure and placement rate data, in addition to monitoring our progress against peer data. Additional Information can be found here.