Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The University of South Carolina is working with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and any potential impact to our campus community.
UofSC Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund
CARES ACT FEDERAL GRANT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides economic relief to students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. The availability of this award is not continuous.
To fulfill the Department of Education’s guidance, USC Sumter will be awarding grants to students across all levels as determined by the FAFSA with amounts ranging from $500 to $900. Pell Grant recipients will be awarded $900 and all other eligible students may receive $500. In early September, any CARES funding that had been declined by awardees was reallocated to students who accepted an initial CARES award and maintained eligibility for Title IV federal student financial aid. This additional award was $654 per recipient. The grants must be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare). The grants may not fully cover the expenses a student has incurred due to the disruption
The grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- USC-Sumter has received an official FAFSA as of May 7, 2020
- Meet the Title IV Federal eligibility requirements
- Be a degree-seeking student enrolled for Spring 2020 term
- Not enrolled in an exclusively online program on or prior to March 13, 2020
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
This one-time award will be placed on the student’s account for Spring 2020 and an award notification email will be sent to students to view their awards on SSC. The student must also accept the certification to receive the funds. However, if you did not incur any expenses, please decline the awards via SSC. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our campus Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or by phone 803-938-3840 . You can also chat with us online.
Palmetto College CARES Act Federal Grant frequently asked questions, click here.
How to Apply
The Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office is a centralized resource for students attending any of the four Palmetto College campuses. On their website, you can find out more about the types of aid available and the eligibility requirements.
Great news—summer financial aid applications are available April 1, 2020!
If you are (or are considering) taking classes this summer, we may have additional financial aid options to help pay for your courses. Summer financial aid options include Additional Pell Grant (for those who qualify), Federal Student Loans, and more.
What are the requirements for summer financial aid?
✓ Have your 2019-20 FAFSA on file with USC Sumter
✓ Complete a Summer Application for Financial Aid (instructions below)
✓ Must be a degree-seeking student
✓ Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
✓ For PLUS and Private loans, we must have your loan application on file
Applying for Summer Aid
Complete your Summer Financial Aid Application in Self Service Carolina by visiting https://ssb.onecarolina.sc.edu/ and following the steps below:
1. Sign-In using your VIP ID
2. Select Financial Aid
3. Select Summer Financial Aid Application
4. Select Campus Attending
5. Select Aid Year
6. Answer all questions and submit your application
The priority deadline to complete the Summer Financial Aid Application is May 1. However, the application will remain available through June 1 and will be processed on a case by case basis.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are available from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
We look forward to speaking with you!
Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs
University of South Carolina Sumter
Williams-Brice-Edwards Administration Building, Rm 112
200 Miller Road
Sumter, SC 29150
- All new students planning to use VA benefits must apply through the "How to Apply" page on the VA website.
- If you are a transfer student who has used VA Benefits previously, you must complete a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form.
- All USC Sumter students must complete an Enrollment Certification Request (ECR) form for every semester enrolled.
- Veterans Affairs Covid-19 Information
The Federal Work Study Program provides students with financial need part-time employment to assist with the costs of postsecondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage. To receive FWS, a degree-seeking student should complete a FAFSA application to determine eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-938-3840 with any questions.
Work Study Positions
Light office work (filing, phones, meet and greet students, faculty/staff and issue appropriate equipment). Help promote and implement Student Life and recreation programs. Enforce department and University regulations, policy and procedures. Employees may serve in both areas, Student Union and Nettles Gym as assigned when needed. People skills are mandatory. Background in activities, recreation recommended. Work can be indoors or outdoors, depending on the program and need.
Greet students and direct them to an available financial aid counselor. If no counselor is available, take messages from students. Assists students with basic financial aid processes. Performs general office tasks such as copying and filing. This position requires a high degree of confidentiality due to the private nature of the information in this office.
Students must be able to deal with the public. You must be available to work some evenings and weekend hours if applicable. The students that are selected for these positions will be trained and expected to work in both the library and the computer lab. Students must become knowledgeable enough to be able to assist patrons in locating and using library materials. Other related duties as assigned.
Assist the lab manager in setting up equipment and supplies for labs, preparation of chemicals and solutions. Washing and re-shelving glassware, equipment and supplies. Cleaning and maintaining water bottles and all lab benches. Assist in the division office duties to include copy work, sorting mail, obtaining office supplies and other tasks assigned by faculty. This job offers excellent experience for someone interested in a Science degree.
Front desk duties, such as answering phone calls, filing, maintaining daily sign-in logs, and orienting veteran students to appropriate areas for assistance
Assist veteran students with the initial application process for VA education benefits and submitting institutional documents as required
Assist with coordinating and organizing veteran students’ activities and events on campus and in the community
Assist veteran students when needed with the overall process of student support services from admission services to the graduation process for each semester
Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply and available positions. 803-938-3840 or email@example.com.