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Scholarship FAQs

Read below for important and frequently asked questions about UofSC's freshmen scholarships and policies. 

 

How do I apply for scholarships?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions awards scholarships to first-time, first-year freshman applicants. If you complete the application for admissions by December 1, 2017 and submit all required credentials by February 1, 2018, you will automatically be considered for many of our merit-based scholarships.

Students who wish to be considered for our most prestigious scholarships must also complete the South Carolina Honors College/Top Scholars supplement by Novemeber 15, 2017.

For more information, visit our pages on scholarships for residents and nonresidents.

When are scholarships awarded?

General university scholarships are awarded in mid-March for the freshman class entering in the fall. Scholarship recipients receive email notification when their award letters are posted online.

I’ve been awarded a scholarship. How do I accept it? 

All you need to do is submit your $200 enrollment deposit through your secure Self Service Carolina account by May 1, 2018. Applications for admission are subject to cancellation if we do not receive the enrollment deposit by May 1.

If you are a South Carolina student claiming SC residency for in-state tuition purposes, please complete the SC Residency Certification Form found in your Self Service Carolina account.

What is the cost to attend the University of South Carolina in Fall 2017? 

The official tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year will be set in summer 2017. Estimated 2017-2018 costs are listed in the Tuition and Scholarships section.

I’ve been awarded a scholarship. Can I do anything right now to increase its value? May I meet with someone to discuss an upgrade? 

While we certainly hope you will enroll at Carolina, we do not upgrade scholarships. General university scholarships are awarded based on two academic components submitted in conjunction with your application for admission: performance in our required high school courses and standardized test scores submitted by February 1, 2018. The 2018 freshman applicant pool is one of our most competitive applicant pools on record, and we carefully allocated scholarships in accordance with our scholarship budget and institutional enrollment goals.

I’ve been awarded a scholarship. Is there a chance my scholarship can be upgraded if another student declines their scholarship? 

No. All scholarship offers are final and cannot be increased.

May I receive more than one scholarship from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions? 

The USC STEM Supplement, Presidential Scholars Award, and the Lieber Scholars Award are the only scholarships that can be combined with another scholarship from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You can find information about the Presidential Scholars Award and USC STEM Supplement here. Please see the question below for more information about the Lieber Scholars Award.

Can you tell me more about the Lieber Scholars Award? 

The Lieber Scholars Award is awarded to National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. To be eligible, National Merit Finalists must list the University of South Carolina as their first choice through the National Merit Corporation. The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send USC the names of scholars selected for its program. No scholarship application is required.

 
Can I do anything right now to obtain a scholarship for Summer/Fall 2018? May I meet with someone? 

All scholarship offers for the 2018 freshman class have been issued. General university scholarships are awarded based on two academic components submitted in conjunction with your application for admission: performance in our required high school courses and standardized test scores submitted by February 1, 2018. The 2018 freshman applicant pool is one of our most competitive applicant pools on record, and we carefully allocated scholarships in accordance with our scholarship budget and institutional enrollment goals.

 
Is there a chance I can receive a scholarship if another student declines their scholarship? 

No. The 2018 freshman applicant pool is one of our most competitive applicant pools on record, and we carefully allocated scholarships in accordance with our scholarship budget and institutional enrollment goals.

 
Does my choice of major affect scholarship consideration? 

All general university scholarships are awarded based on academic merit. We only consider choice of major when evaluating a freshman applicant for the USC STEM Supplement. To support students pursuing degrees in science, math, technology and engineering fields (STEM fields), USC offers a one-time, freshman-year-only USC STEM Supplement to all admitted in-state freshmen who are named Palmetto Fellows Scholarship winners and who enroll in a STEM-eligible major. Visit this page for a list of STEM-eligible majors. The USC STEM Supplement may be added to any other general university scholarship.

I attempted the SAT or ACT in 2018. May I submit those scores to you in hopes of obtaining or increasing the value of my scholarship? 

The latest testing date that met our February 1, 2018 credentials deadline was the December 2017 test. Test scores received after February 1 are not used for scholarship consideration.

 
May I still be considered for need-based financial aid? 

Yes! Please make sure you submit the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov by April 1, 2018. Be sure to list the University of South Carolina Columbia campus code on your application: 003448.

Are there any other scholarship opportunities?

Please visit sc.edu/financialaid. Click Types of Aid and then Scholarships to review the Departmental Scholarship listing as well as information about non-university scholarships.

May I be considered for a scholarship if I plan to enroll in the spring semester? 

Scholarships are awarded to first-time, first-year freshmen for the fall semester only. Scholarships cannot be deferred to the spring semester.