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CARES Act Federal Grant

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. The availability of this award is not continuous.

To fulfill the Department of Education’s guidance, USC Salkehatchie will be awarding grants to students across all levels as determined by the FAFSA with amounts ranging from $800 to $1200. Pell Grant recipients will be awarded $1200 and all other eligible students may receive $800. The one-time grant must be used for expenses related to disruption of campus operations and may not fully cover the expenses the student has incurred due to the disruption.

 The grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • USC-Salkehatchie has received an official FAFSA as of May 7, 2020
  • Meet the Title IV Federal eligibility requirements
  • Be a degree-seeking student enrolled for Spring 2020 term
  • Not enrolled in an exclusively online program on or prior to March 13, 2020
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

 This one-time award will be placed on the student’s account for Spring 2020 and an award notification email will be sent to students to view their awards on SSC. The student must also accept the certification to receive the funds.  However, if you did not incur any expenses, please decline the awards via SSC.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our campus Financial Aid Office at  or by phone 843-549-6314 . You can also chat with us online.

Palmetto College CARES Act Federal Grant frequently asked questions, click here.

 CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Reporting