Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid

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File Your 2014-2015 FAFSA!
2013-14 FAFSA is still available for Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 financial aid.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Allows students and parents to populate the FAFSA with their tax information directly from the IRS.

IRS Tax Return Transcript
If your FAFSA is selected for a process called verification, you may have to request a Tax Return Transcript from the IRS.

Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility
Federal law limits the duration of Federal Pell Grant eligibility to 12 semesters or 600% Lifetime Eligibility of Pell Grant.

Our staff members are here to help you and your family understand the various financial aid programs that are available to assist you in meeting your educational expenses at USC Aiken. Approximately 87% of our students receive some type of financial aid - including state, federal, and institutional awards. On this site, you'll find information about scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment, as well as links to external sources to help you. We encourage you to consider and pursue all of the financial assistance opportunities that are available to you.

Please review the information provided here and feel free to contact us if you have questions. We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service and maintaining the confidentiality of personal information of our students and their families.

102 Penland Administration Building
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803-641-3476 • Fax: 803-643-6840
Email: stuaid@usca.edu   
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Federal School Code 003449

FAFSA and Self Service Carolina
Students who complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can view the status of the application on the Self Service Carolina (SSC) website. Sign in using your VIP ID and password.

The 2014-2015 FAFSA is now available online at www.fafsa.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. Also, you must provide any additional information we need before awards can be made. You can check the status of your FAFSA and review any outstanding requirements on SSC. 

You no longer have to manually apply your financial aid to your account balance. Financial aid automatically applies once disbursed to your student account if you have completed all requirements with the Office of Financial Aid. 

Student Loan Exit Counseling
Federal government regulations require all Stafford and Direct Loan borrowers to complete exit loan counseling prior to graduation. May 2014 degree candidates must complete Exit Loan Counseling at https://studentloans.gov prior to May 1, 2014.

2014-15 SC Teachers and Career Changers Loan Programs Application 
The 2014-15 SC Teachers and Career Changers Loan Application is now available online at http://www.scstudentloan.org/UserFiles/File/PDF/parentstuds/Teacher.pdf. Students are encouraged to download the application and submit it to the USCA School of Education. State funding is limited, and the priority deadline for applying is April 30, 2014.