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Consumer Information

The Highter Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, requires financial aid offices to provide consumer information to prospective and currently enrolled students as well as university employees. Below is a list of required topics and links to detailed information. If you need assistance obtaining this information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

The Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office provides information about the following topics. Click the link on the topic to be directed to the information:

Code of Conduct

Eligibility Requirements

Determination of Aid Eligibility

Federal Direct Loan Entrance and Exit Counseling Requirements

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Types of Aid

Effect of Withdrawal on Eligibility

Please visit the campus financial aid office websites for contact information:

USC Lancaster Financial Aid

USC Salkehatchie Financial Aid

USC Sumter Financial Aid

USC Union Financial Aid

Click on the links below to learn more about the following topics:

Instructional Facilities

SACS Accreditation Resources

SC Commission on Higher Education Complaint Procedure

Student Diversity

Aid Recipient Responsibilities

Types of Aid Available from Federal, State, Local and Institutional Programs

Non-S.C. State Grant Assistance

Financial Aid may be available for students who would like to study abroad. Click on the following links to learn more about opportunities available on your campus:

Financial Aid For Study Abroad

The purpose of financial aid is to help students reach their educational goals by providing monetary support. Financial aid includes grants, loans, work-study and scholarships funded by federal and state governments, educational institutions, and private organizations. Students who receive any financial aid funds must agree to certain terms and conditions.

The Palmetto College Financial Aid Terms and Conditions provides an overview of the financial aid policies and procedures that students must follow to receive financial at a Palmetto College Campus. These policies include, but are 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 Financial Aid Offers

  Please read the Palmetto College Financial Aid Terms and Conditions carefully, and contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions. 

Click on the following links to review the Academic Bulletins for information including but not limited to:

  • Accreditation
  • Admission information
  • Degree programs and course descriptions
  • Expenses, fees, and refunds
  • Student life

USC Lancaster Academic Bulletin

USC Salkehatchie Academic Bulletin

USC Sumter Academic Bulletin

USC Union Academic Bulletin


Instructional Facilities


Transfer of Credit Policies for Undergraduates


Each USC Campus is required to collect a complete immunization record for all students. Click the link for your campus below to complete the Required Student Immunization Form.

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 Union Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program

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”, which require institutions of higher education to be authorized in states where they provide education 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.

Since federal and state regulations continue to evolve regarding state authorization, the University created a webpage 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

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance recognizing the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens by birth of naturalization. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787 in Philadelphia.

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 holds activities on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Please watch the events calendar for updates.  You can also explore The United States 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.  Visit the University Registrar's website for more 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 2020:

University of South Carolina Lancaster 0.00%
University of South Carolina Salkehatchie 0.00%
University of South Carolina Sumter 0.00%
University of South Carolina Union 0.00%

 Click here for the Three-year Official Cohort Default Rate

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. Click here for more information.


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