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Financial Aid Authorization and Fee Payment

Fees are generally assessed in mid-July. It is your responsibility to ensure that all requirements for financial aid are completed so that aid can be used to finalize your enrollment by the fee payment deadline.

Title IV Fee Authorization

The U.S. Department of Education requires that Federal Title IV financial aid funds only be applied towards allowable institutional charges such as tuition and fees, and university housing and meal plans when applicable. Recipients of federal financial aid must complete a Title IV Fee Authorization. This authorization allows federal financial aid to be applied to charges on the student’s bill other than tuition, housing and meal plans. The Title IV Fee Authorization gives the university permission to use up to $200 of your financial aid to cover prior year non-institutional charges. For example, students with a health fee or parking permit charges on their account have the ability to use financial aid to cover these expenses if an authorization is on record.

The Title IV Fee Authorization is completed online on Self Service Carolina (SSC) under the Award section of SSC. View our Self Service Carolina brochure for additional information on how to complete the authorization. Parents who borrow PLUS loans on behalf of their student must also complete the Title IV Fee Authorization. In these cases, a separate authorization form will be mailed for the parent to complete and return to the Bursar's Office.

Fee Payment

Students enter into a financial agreement with the University of South Carolina through course registration regardless of their financial aid awards or eligibility. The financial aid office automatically applies available aid towards the bill but if there is a balance still due from the bill, the student should explore other options to pay the remainder of the bill to secure course registration. View Important Dates and Deadlines from the Bursar's Office to plan ahead for fee payment.