Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is here to help you afford college. This office is on Blossom Street across from the Blossom Street Garage. The staff can help you with questions about the FAFSA, Federal Work-Study, find grants, and learn about scholarships.
Emergency Loan Program
If you're experiencing an unanticipated financial challenge, the Student Success Center Emergency Loan program can help. A temporary expense doesn't have cause lasting damage to your academic progress.
The Student Success Center offers sessions on financial literacy and planning. The SSC is located in the Thomas Cooper Library. All of their programs and initiatives are free to undergraduate students.
The Gamecock Pantry provides access to food and toiletries in a free and confidential way to members of the Carolina community while creating awareness about food insecurity at Carolina. You need to register for a time to access the Pantry, which is in McBryde, but all services are free to students!
The Career Center is located in the Thomas Cooper Library. The staff can help you write a resume, prep for interviews, and look for jobs on- and off-campus, while you are a student and after graduation.
Special population support
Not all students will be eligible to participate in these programs.
The Gamecock Guarantee is a need-based financial and academic support program to expand access to the university. The goal is to make a University of South Carolina degree more attainable for academically talented first-generation students from South Carolina families. The university will identify and notify incoming freshmen of their eligibility after April 1 of each year. Recipients of the Gamecock Guarantee must be Capstone Scholars, in the Honors College, or Opportunity Scholars.
TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals who are first-generation or prospective first-generation college students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. The University hosts four TRIO Programs. They include Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, the Opportunity Scholars Program and the Ronald E. McNair Program.
Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP)
The Opportunity Scholars Program operates as a learning community for first-generation students who are eligible for Pell Grants. It includes a combination of guidance and advocacy services that help students acclimate to the college campus. The OSP features block scheduling of students into freshman-level general education courses that are linked by related support services and collaboration among faculty. Upper class participants serve as mentors, tutors, and participants in workshops, cultural outings, and discussion groups. The program’s structure in its courses and support services provide explicit directions on succeeding academically and adjusting effectively to the campus environment.
The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program helps TRiO-eligible undergraduates prepare for and pursue graduate degrees. The program includes a six-week summer research component with a stipend, faculty mentoring and research experiences.
Veterans and Military Services
The Veterans and Military Services Office can help you navigate the unique experience of balancing student and service life. The office is located at 1244 Blossom Street and can answer questions about paying for college, getting involved, and certifying your enrollment.