University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Summer Financial Aid Checklist

Apply For Aid

CheckboxComplete the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is required for federal financial aid, including student loans.

  • When completing the FAFSA, you will need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). If you need to provide parent information on the FAFSA, your parent will also need a FSA ID. It is important to remember your FSA ID as you will use it frequently.
  • USC-Columbia's school code is 003448.
  • If you already have a FAFSA on file with another school for the same school year, add the USC-Columbia school code to the school list on FAFSA.

CheckboxCheck the status of your FAFSA. Federal aid will not be awarded until your application is complete.

  • Remember that it could take one to two weeks for USC-Columbia to receive the results of your application.

CheckboxComplete the Summer Financial Aid Application on SSC

  • The Summer financial Aid Application is available on SSC starting April 1st, 2016.
  • The priority deadline to complete this application is May 1st, 2016.

CheckboxIf you plan to attend another school during the summer, read the Financial Aid Checklist for Transient Students.

CheckboxIf you plan to study abroad over the summer, read the Financial Aid Checklist for Study Abroad Students.

CheckboxParents of dependent undergraduate students may apply for a Federal Direct Plus Loan if more aid is needed.

CheckboxGraduate students may apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan if additional aid is needed.

CheckboxOnly as a last resort, you may consider applying for a Private Educational Loan.

CheckboxFirst-time Direct Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan borrowers should complete Federal Direct Loan Counseling by signing in at

CheckboxIf awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, complete your Promissory Note and other loan requirements at (click on the "Initial Loan Processing" tab).

CheckboxComplete your Federal Perkins Loan MPN if awarded a Federal Perkins Loan.

This is required every year, each time you borrow a Federal Perkins Loan.

CheckboxIf you have been awarded Federal Work Study, you may click here to search for job postings. If you have not been awarded Federal Work Study and you wish to be considered for it, please contact us.

CheckboxRead all Award Terms and Conditions and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for detailed information about your awards and how to use them.

CheckboxMake sure any non-institutional scholarship checks are sent to:

The Bursar's Office; 516 S. Main St.; Columbia, SC 29208.
  • You may need to endorse a check if it is made co-payable to you and the University.