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FAQs Relating to COVID-19 Crisis

Guidance was issued by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Due to the continuity of classes being offered online and with the advisement of the Commission on Higher Education, tuition and fees will not be refunded.

Questions regarding Greek housing and meal plan refunds should be directed to the students' respective chapter, as these refunds are being managed directly by the Greek organizations.

The university will begin processing refunds immediately, so most students can expect to have their accounts credited on or before April 22. Thank you to our students and parents for your continued patience as we work through the refund process.

If you set up eRefunds, the refund will be sent to your bank account within 3 business days from the date it is processed.  If you did not sign up for eRefunds, you should receive your paper refund check within 10 business days from the date it is processed.  An email will be sent to your University email address with the address to which it was mailed.  The Refund History tab in Self-Service Carolina shows when refunds were processed and where paper checks were mailed.  Additional information is available on the Bursar’s website

1) Refunds for the Summer term will be issued beginning May 22, 2020. Please allow 3-5 days for processing.

2)The University of South Carolina will begin processing refunds of housing and meal plan charges by April 22 in accordance with the recommendations of the state Commission on Higher Education.  The most efficient method for receiving a refund is via Direct Deposit.  This method will provide you a convenient and secure way to access your funds faster.  We can no longer send direct deposits to a savings account.  If this is your saved eRefund account, please update to a checking account.  You can verify and update your eRefund direct deposit account through the Self Service Carolina portal.  If you have not already established your eRefund Direct Deposit account, please visit our tutorials page for complete instructions.  Avoid the delay and set up your Direct Deposit today.

The final installment of the spring 2020 payment plan is due 4/10/20.  If you are expecting a credit from housing, meals and/or parking, you may wait for the credit to post to your account to determine your final balance.  The University has made the decision to suspend payment plan late fees for the month of April.  Once your account has been credited, you can quickly and easily pay your remaining balance due.  If you are having difficulty making the 4/10/20 payment, please contact the Bursar’s Office at to discuss your options.

If you are expecting a credit from housing, meals and/or parking, you may wait for the credit to post to your account to determine your final balance.  The University has made the decision to suspend payment plan late fees for the month of April.  Once your account has been credited, you can quickly and easily pay your remaining balance due.

An administrative adjustment was made to your Spring 2020 Payment Plan.  This change has not impacted your April 10th due date, or the installment amount due.

IMPORTANT:  Scheduled payments did not transfer from the original payment plan.  If you had a payment scheduled, you will need to manually log in and make your April payment. 

Payment plans are available to students in good financial standing with the Bursar’s Office and have a current term balance of $500 or more.  If you have a prior term or past due balance, you must pay the past due charges to enroll in a payment plan.   If you were past due on a previous payment plan, you may be ineligible to enroll in a current term payment plan.  

A payment plan is available if you are unable to pay the account balance in full. The payment plan covers tuition, fees, housing, meal plans and Carolina Cash during the optional fee period. Your ability to enroll in payment plans may be revoked if you fail to make payments on time. The following is required for payment plan:

nonrefundable $75 administrative fee is assessed and must be paid in order to enroll in the plan.

A down payment of 25% of the account balance after any applicable financial assistance, must be paid to enroll in the plan. The percent down payment increases if enrollment is processed beyond the 1st installment deadline.

Three (3) additional payments are due over the next three (3) months, resulting in a total of four payments per term.

A late fee of $100 will be applied if payment is not made by the deadline each month.

The payment plan does not carry over to the next semester. New enrollment is required for each semester.

Please contact University Technology Services for assistance with DUO Multifactor and access to Self Service Carolina. If you are an authorized user, we will unlock your account administratively and send a temporary password.

Please log into the Payment Gateway as an authorized user and go to “Personal Profile” and navigate to “Personal Profile” to update your information to ensure you receive communication from the Bursar’s Office.

Tuition for summer is charged the same as it would be for Fall or Spring semester. Undergraduate Resident part time tuition for 2019-2020 is $512.00 per credit hour plus a $17.00 Technology fee per credit hour. Full time rate is $6,144.00 and a $200.00 Technology fee. The part time Undergraduate Nonresident rate for the 2019-2020 school year is $1,397.00 per credit hours plus a $17.00 Technology fee. The full time Nonresident rate for the 2019-2020 school year is $16,764.00 plus a $200.00 Technology fee. You will also need to account for any program fees associated with your degree and/or courses such as lab fees. All tuition and academic fees are located on the Bursar's website under "Tuition and Required Fees". 

1098-T Tax Forms are available on Self Service Carolina by accessing Self Service Carolina UofSC has added an additional layer of protection called Multifactor Authentication. This is a two-step verification process to log into a university system such as  This must be set up first in order to log onto SSC. Once you log onto SSC, click on the tab that says Account Information. Next, click on “Tax Document by Year-1098T Tuition Statement”, then type in the 4-digit tax year and click Submit.

The Form 1098-T is the information return that colleges and universities are required to issue for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility for education tax credits. For information on how to read the 1098-T or what each box consists of, please visit our website at

There are many sources of related information available through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that students may find helpful in determining eligibility for education tax credits as well as using the Form 1098-T to prepare your tax return. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) website at  or  for additional information.

Monthly Statement – Statements are received on a monthly basis and detail any charges/credits that have been applied to your student account since your last monthly statement. Monthly statements are typically loaded on or around the 1st of each month and can be viewed in the Payment Gateway.   Please note that if you do not have a balance on the 1st you will not receive a statement.

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