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Financial Aid

There are a number of ways to pay for your college education, including financial aid and loans. We encourage you to explore all your options.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University of South Carolina is working with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and any potential impact to our campus community.

UofSC Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund


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 Union will be awarding grants to students across all levels as determined by the FAFSA with amounts ranging from $500 to $1000. Pell Grant recipients will be awarded $1000 and all other eligible students may receive $500.   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-Union 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 864-424-8024 . 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


How to Apply

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, forms and certifications.

The following short tutorials will hep you quickly learn how to navigate through the Financial Aid portion of the Self Service Carolina site.

How To Review and Accept Your Loans

How To Clam Your VIP ID

Veterans Benefits

All new students must apply for veteran’s benefits through the VA website. If you are a transfer student who has used VA Benefits previously, you must complete a form to change schools. There are various programs for service men and women in and out of the military and their spouses and dependents to help towards the cost of tuition and fees. 

See your military counselor and also apply for VA Benefits online. Please provide the USC Union Financial Aid Office and VA Counselor a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE).  Please be advise that there is a limit to what one may qualify for in terms of VA assistance.  All students are encourage to submit a FAFSA every October 1st and Scholarship Applications March 1st.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program provides students with financial need part-time employment to assist with the costs of postsecondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage. To receive FWS, a degree-seeking student should complete a FAFSA application to determine eligibility.

First Responder Scholarship Agreement

All first responders who attend classes at USC Union or the Laurens Location and do so in uniform may quality for the scholarship. This program provides a mechanism to increase the presence and public awareness of uniformed first responder's personnel on campus.