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Continuing Education Programs


Financing Options

Tuition for the Grant Writing Certificate program is $1,322, which includes all course materials and a University of South Carolina certificate upon completion. While USC's certificate programs focus on quality of education, we also understand your need for an affordable professional training program. To mitigate the cost of this program, USC offers several financing options.

Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan

The University of South Carolina's continuing education division has an account with Sallie Mae for continuing education training. Sallie Mae will evaluate your credit score and recommends a co-borrower for those with low scores or minimal credit history. To apply online for a continuing education loan, visit the Sallie Mae website.

NOTE: Some programs sell out weeks before the start date. If you plan to apply for a Sallie Mae loan, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time. Please use the following account when applying:

University of South Carolina – Columbia Continuing Ed 003448-98.


Standard Commercial Loans

Before selecting a loan program, be careful to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Financial programs all vary in repayment timelines, APRs, and more. Some factors to consider before financing include:

  • Investigate every financing option and program available including your local credit union or bank.
  • Look for a plan that offers the most flexibility in repayments and charges a reasonable interest rate.
  • Borrow as little as possible.
  • Understand your personal credit history. Personal credit information can be found at the following agencies; Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. South Carolina residents can receive a free credit report from these agencies by calling thes numbers:
    • Equifax: 1-800-685-1111
    • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
    • Trans Union: 1-800-888-4213

 

Traditional Financial Aid

Our professional programs are non-credit adult continuing education. As such, they are not eligible for funding through many state and federal financial aid programs or any program for which a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) would be required.