University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Important Information & News

2015-16 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans Important Update

Due to an unforeseen software issue, the processing of 2015-16 Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans was delayed. The processing of these loans has now begun. However, additional software-related issues have been identified, which are affecting certain applications. We will do all that we can to process all Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan applications and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan applications, received by August 1, 2015, as quickly as possible, before the Fall 2015 fee payment deadline. If you have applied for a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and do not yet see the award for 2015-16, please be assured that your application is being processed. As we approach the Fall 2015 fee payment deadline, if your Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is still being processed, we will contact you via email and will work with the Bursar's Office accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Online IRS Tax Transcript Request Process Temporarily Unavailable

Due to a recent data breach at the IRS, the online tax transcript request process, known as "Get Transcript" is temporarily unavailable. Students needing to submit tax transcripts to our office must use the IRS Data Retrieval process within FAFSA on the Web, or request a tax transcript by mail. Please carefully consider the additional time needed to receive a tax transcript by mail.

Replacement of Federal Student Aid PIN

The Federal Student Aid PIN, used to access and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, apply for PLUS loans, and complete loan entrance counseling/promissory notes, is being replaced by a new FSA ID. Click here to learn more.

Financial Aid for Summer 2015

If you plan to enroll for the Summer 2015 term and wish to be considered for financial aid, be sure to complete a Summer Financial Aid Application on Self-Service Carolina (SSC) by May 1, 2015. The Summer Application will be available on SSC beginning April 1, 2015. Once logged into SSC, choose "Financial Aid" and then choose "Summer Financial Aid Application.

2015-16 Awards

2015-16 financial aid awards will begin appearing on Self-Service Carolina (SSC) on April 3, 2015. Be sure to complete your 2015-16 FAFSA as soon as possible in order to be considered for the best aid package!

Complete Your 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

On January 1, 2015, the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid became available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for the best aid package and to allow for timely notification of your eligibility.

Important Note On Scholarships

New freshman merit scholarship awards are now posted to the financial aid area of Self Service Carolina. Please note that the amount shown reflects the cash amount associated with the scholarship, not the full value of the award for students receiving partial or full reduction of out-of-state tuition. Tuition rates for 2015-2016 year will not be available until the USC Board of Trustees sets rates in July. The value of the reduction will be posted to your account once bills are generated in mid-July. Additional information about our scholarship rates and awards can be found here.