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Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs

USC Lancaster recognizes that a college education is a major expense in most family budgets. It is important to know that there are many federal, state, local and institutional sources available to help students meet those expenses. We are here to help! Please read on for more information. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your campus Financial Aid Office. We are here to help!

Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office

The Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office is a centralized resource for students who attend any of the four Palmetto College campuses.Visit their website to find out about the types of available financial aid, to read important consumer information, to learn how to apply or to complete a required form.

How to Apply

Students interested in federal or state grants, Federal Work Study and student loans should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is something you’ll need to do annually to be considered for aid each year you’re in school.

Self Service Carolina

To manage your academic, financial, and personal information, visit Self Service Carolina (SSC), the University’s secure website.

Once admitted, you will claim and manage your account through before you can access Self Service Carolina and your university email.

How to Claim Your VIP ID

How to Review Your Financial Aid Application and Accept Your Aid

Net Price Calculator

The USC Lancaster Net Price Calculator allows prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides eligible students with part-time employment to assist with the costs of their education. It can also provide you with invaluable professional skills and an opportunity to serve your community. To receive FWS, eligible degree-seeking students should complete a FAFSA application. Click here or visit our office to learn how to find a job on campus or through community service.

Veterans Benefits

There are many programs available to help service members and their families pay for college. New students who are eligible for VA benefits must apply through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are a transfer student who has used VA benefits at another school, you must complete a form to change schools.

Apply for VA Benefits online then provide the USC Lancaster Financial Aid Office with a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). All students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA every October 1 and complete the Scholarship application by March 1.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeals

All students deemed ineligible to receive financial aid as a result of failing to meet any component of this policy have the right to appeal. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (OSFAS). Appeals are approved on a case-by-case basis. The student must have experienced one or more specific, mitigating or other unforeseen circumstances that interfered with the completion of his or her coursework.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for help with your appeal.

SAP appeal deadlines

  • Fall                         Priority Deadline: August 1           Final Deadline:   December 1
  • Spring                   Priority Deadline: December 1    Final Deadline:   April 1
  • Summer              Priority Deadline: April 1               Final Deadline:   June 1

Any appeals received after these dates may not be reviewed because would be insufficient time remaining in the semester for the full processing of financial aid.

Dual Enrollment

SC Residents in Dual Enrollment Courses taking 6 or more credit hours in a single semester are eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance. You must complete the Dual Enrollment Packet (admissions, citizenship, immunization, residency, school LTAP form, and student LTAP form). For more information on Dual Enrollment, the forms to complete and the deadlines for Lottery Tuition Assistance, please see the Dual Enrollment Website.

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