Financial Aid

There are a variety of financial aid options available:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Loans
  • VA Benefits
  • Employement
  • Tuition Assistance Programs
  • Employee Tuition Reimbursement

Your first action should be to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Department of Education will determine your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) using the information supplied on the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed on-line at

You should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 each year. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, the processor must receive your completed FAFSA by March 1. The priority deadline for the Federal Supplemental Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study and South Carolina Need-Based Grant is April 1. April 1 is also the suggested deadline to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loan. You do not have to be accepted for admissions first to apply for financial aid.

Once the required information is received your Financial Aid award will be “packaged” and sent to you in an award letter.


For more information:

Undergraduate Financial Aid Checklist:

Graduate assistantships, including tuition reduction, and fellowships are available, and are normally administered by individual graduate directors. Application requirements and deadlines for applying vary; please check with the appropriate college, school, or department to which you apply.