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Consumer Information

Federal Financial Aid Regulations [The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA)] requires financial aid offices to provide consumer information to prospective and currently enrolled students and to university employees. Below is a list of required topics and links to the detailed information or where to obtain the information. If you need assistance obtaining this information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of financial aid policies and procedures that must be followed in order to receive financial aid at a Palmetto College Campus. Financial aid includes grants, loans, work-study and scholarship programs funded by federal and state governments, educational institutions and private organizations. The purpose of financial aid is to assist individuals in obtaining an education that otherwise do not have the resources to do so. Any student who receives funds through the various financial aid programs available must agree to the following terms and conditions. Please read these items carefully and contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions.

 The following document contains information pertaining to, but not limited to:

  • Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
  • Refund Policy and Return of Federal Financial Aid
  • Requirements/Procedures for Withdrawal
  • Accept, Reduce and Decline Awards

  Palmetto College Financial Aid Terms and Conditions

Please review the Academic Bulletin

USC Lancaster Academic Bulletin

USC Salkehatchie Academic Bulletin

USC Sumter Academic Bulletin

USC Union Academic Bulletin

for information including but not limited to:

Accreditation

Admission Information

Degree Programs and Course Descriptions

Expenses, Fees and Refunds

Facilities and Services

Student Life

Instructional Facilities

Faculty

Transfer of Credit Policies for Undergraduates

Bookstore

Vaccination (Immunization) Policies

Please review the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act Policies and Additional Information document for information including but not limited to:

  • Palmetto College Campuses Alcohol and Drug Policies
  • USC Drug-Free Workplace Policy
  • Student Campus Security Information (including crime statistics)
  • Title IX
  • Student Success
  • Campus Grievance Policies and Procedures
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Voter Registration Information

SC Commission on Higher Education Student Complaint Procedures and Form

The Net Price Calculator is designed to allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in a previous year after taking grants and scholarship aid into account.   Palmetto College Campuses Net Price Calculator

The College Navigator website is part of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). They are responsible for collecting all kinds of education related data including that in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  You can visit the College Navigator and type the name of the institution to receive a variety of information.   NCES College Navigator. 

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education issued the “Program Integrity Rules” requiring institutions of higher education to be authorized in states where they provide education in order to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance.  While parts of these rules have been challenged and vacated, other rules remain in effect, including state authorization in individual states. Therefore, since federal and state regulations continue to evolve regarding state authorization, the University created a page in order to provide information to its current and prospective students regarding our authorization and licensure status.  The authorization for the Palmetto College Campuses is included with the Columbia Campus.   State Authorization

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Day). This day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world's longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words –– "We the People" –– affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. Since 1789, the Constitution has evolved through amendments to meet the changing needs of a nation now profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.

To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, Congress in 1956 established Constitution Week, to begin each year on September 17th, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution. In 2004, Congress added key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

Each Palmetto College Campus has activities on constitution day, please check the event calendar.  You can also explore the content of the Constitution with this interactive website.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), passed by Congress in 1974, requires educational institutions to provide students access to their educational records, to allow students to correct inaccurate or misleading information in these records, and to limit the release of information to third parties.  The rights parents exercise with respect to their children’s education records transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.  Click here for the University Registrar’s Office for additional information.




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