Please make checks payable to the University of South Carolina. Include the student’s name and ID with the payment. Checks, money orders and cashier checks should be mailed to:
University of South Carolina
1244 Blossom Street - Suite 128
Columbia, SC 29208
Students are charged tuition for the classes they take and their program of study and are responsible for seeing that the balance is paid by the payment deadline. Other offices such as Parking and the Student Health Center may also load charges to your student account.
The university does not mail paper bills or statements. Account information is available on Self-Service Carolina. To view your statement, log into Self-Service Carolina, click on Account Information and then click Payment Gateway. The student receives an email when statements are available.
The National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA) has issued a rule requiring that all ACH web debits are validated before they are used to make a payment or receive a refund. To ensure that the University of South Carolina is following the new rule that was effective March 19, 2021, we are using prenoting to validate accounts. During this prenoting process, we will send a zero-dollar transaction file to the bank to validate if your account is active.
If you make payments using your checking account and you have not saved the checking account as a Saved Payment Method and have not set up direct deposit via your Self Service Carolina (SSC) account, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible to avoid delays when it is time to make payments using your checking account.
If you have already set up direct deposit for eRefunds within your SSC account and this is the same checking account you use to make payments to the University of South Carolina, your account has already been validated and no further action is needed.
The validation process can take 3-5 business days. You will not be able to make payments or receive a refund using your checking account until your account has been validated. The prenote process will notify you if your payment method cannot be validated. The easiest way to validate your checking account ahead of time is to set up your payment profile in SSC. Please follow instructions on our SSC Tutorials page under Prenoting/Validating Your Checking Account.
Late fees are assessed on payments that are not received by published due dates. Failure to make payment by the monthly statement due date could result in a late fee of up to $100.00 per month with a maximum of $500.00 per term. Late fees are assessed the five days after the statement due date. Students receive email notices of the monthly statement indicating activity on their account and are notified of potential late fees. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their account is paid in full regardless of the source. Balances that result from incomplete financial aid requirements are also considered to be delinquent and are subject to late fees.
Please check with your Plan Administrator on how funds are issued, length of time to disburse funds, etc. Once bills are available on SSC, please send a copy of your bill to your Plan Administrator immediately. Please have your 529 Savings Plan or Scholarship check mailed to the Bursar’s Office by the payment deadline.
For university scholarships, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. If you are receiving a scholarship from an organization outside of the university and do not see it receipted on your account via Self-Service Carolina, please contact that organization to determine what date the payment was mailed. If you still have questions, please contact our office at 803-777-4233.
Private loans can only be posted to the student account once the funds have been received from the lender.
Please contact Veteran Services for information concerning your benefits on the USC Columbia campus.
If you are an undergraduate student serving on active duty, a member of the National Guard or a reservist, please go to the Veterans and Military Services website and click on the Complete Verification of Military Service Form link under Active-Duty Tuition Discount.
Students who drop a class after the 100% refund period may be liable for some or all of the class they dropped. Please check the dates and deadlines (W, WF, Refund, Withdrawal) for each class to identify the refund dates.
If you set up eRefunds, the refund will be sent to your bank account within three 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.
The Bursar’s Office sends emails to your university email address. If you do not check your university email, you should forward it to an address you check. Please contact the Help Desk at 803-777-1800 for instructions.
Students must sign up for a payment plan each semester.
The student must set up scheduled payments in the Payment Gateway of Self-Service Carolina before we can draft the account. Otherwise, the student must log into Self-Service Carolina, go to Account Information, and then the Payment Gateway to make the payment. Scheduled payments must be set up each semester.
Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot discuss the student account with someone other than the student, unless the student has set that person up as an Authorized User. The student can designate Authorized Users in the Payment Gateway of Self-Service Carolina. Additional information is available on the Bursar’s website.
The Payment Deadline each semester is posted on the Bursar’s website. Failure to pay your balance in a timely manner may result in a hold on your account, preventing future registration until the balance is paid. Additional information is available on the Bursar’s website
Please contact the Student Success Center for help managing finances and learning about financial literacy on the Columbia campus.
All undergraduate students on the Columbia campus taking six or more credit hours, graduate students taking six or more hours, graduate assistants and international students must have health insurance. Students with private insurance may waive out of the University-offered plan. Additional information is available from Student Health Services.
Instructions for waiving the health insurance fee are available on the Student Health Services website.