Skip to Content

Academic Advising

Satisfactory Academic Progress

If you have lost your financial aid due to deficient academic performance or low course completion rate, you may be required to meet with an Academic Coach to complete your Student Achievement Plan. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will inform you if you need to complete a Student Achievement Plan.

Steps to Completing Your Appeal

If you have been referred to meet with an Academic Coach for a financial aid appeal, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Please visit Self-Service Carolina (SSC) to review the status of your Academic Progress. Choose "Sign In" to access SSC using your VIP ID and password. Once you have signed in to SSC:
    • Select "Financial Aid"
    • Select "Eligibility"
    • Select "USC Columbia" Campus
    • Select the correct USC Columbia financial aid year
    • Select "Academic Progress" tab
    • Review the information carefully and be sure to follow any instructions provided.
    • Complete the appeal form by selecting the appropriate response in the drop-down boxes. This will generate your next steps, including the Student Achievement Plan. 
  2. Download the Student Achievement Plan to your desktop and open it in the Adobe Reader app. Do not edit in your web browser or in another application such as Apple Preview. All library computers have Adobe Reader

  3. Complete page one of your Student Achievement Plan. You will need to know your USC GPA and completion rate. This information can be found in SSC under Financial Aid >> Eligibility >> USC Columbia >> Current Aid Year >> Academic Progress. 

  4. Schedule a Satisfactory Academic Progress appointment, and email your Student Achievement Plan to your Academic Coach prior to the appointment.

  5. By the conclusion of your appointment,  all pages of the Student Achievement Plan will be completed. You are responsible for uploading the signed document in Dynamic Forms as part of your SAP appeal.

Please remember: 
The completion of your Student Achievement Plan and Academic Coaching meeting does not guarantee reinstatement of your financial aid. That decision will be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships after you submit your appeal packet. You should review the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy.

If you have any questions about your Financial Aid requirements, please contact Financial Aid by email at or by phone at 803-777-8134.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.