Applying for Aid


Apply for Financial Aid 

Step 1: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) 

Students who plan to apply for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Application

Complete the FAFSA online 

It is available starting October 1. You will be required to report income and tax information from the previous year. We highly recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax data.

You obtain an FSA ID by clicking on “Start a New FAFSA." Please note that the student and parent will each need a valid e-mail address.

You will be required to enter our school code on the FAFSA. It is 003450.

The FAFSA is necessary to apply for the following financial aid programs:

The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet is a tool to assist you in completing FAFSA. You may want to complete the worksheet prior to entering your information online. Download it here, then print it out. 

For assistance with FAFSA,  contact 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

USCB Priority Deadline

The priority due date for the USCB Financial Aid / Veterans Affairs Office to receive your FAFSA application information from the federal processor is March 1.  

After you apply, it can take up to 2-3 weeks for USCB to receive your FAFSA results, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Financial Aid awards are processed on a first-come, first served basis. Because funds are limited, with the exception of Pell Grant and Direct Loans, we urge you to apply early.  Applicants who apply by March 1 for the upcoming school year shall receive first consideration for campus-based federal student aid funds (i.e., Federal Work-Study, Federal SEOG and SC Need-Based Grant programs).

Applications received after the priority date will be considered for available funds remaining.

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Verification

Some students are selected at random for verification by the Federal Student Aid Programs’ Central Processing System and/or the Institution. Institutions must verify the information provided by the student/spouse and/or parent(s) on the FAFSA before an award can be offered to the student. If you are selected for verification, you may be required to submit your and your parents' tax returns and Wage and Earnings Statement (W-2 Form) to the USCB Office of Financial Aid//Veterans Affairs. 

USCB students who are selected for verification can login to their SSC Account and view student requirements by selecting financial aid status under the Financial Aid tab. It is very important to respond promptly.  Delays in response or submission of incomplete verification documentation will delay the processing of the student’s file and financial aid award(s).

Please contact the USCB Office of Financial Aid/VA if you have questions or if you are unsure if you have been selected for verification.

Check your financial aid award:
Self-Service Carolina (SSC)

If you are awarded financial aid, an award notification will be sent to your USCB email account. You will be instructed to access Self Service Carolina (SSC) for information about your financial aid awards and the disbursement of your aid. You must have a valid VIP ID number and a USC PIN in order to log-in to SSC at: https://my.sc.edu/

Follow all instructions provided to ensure that your financial aid awards will be available for you to use during bill processing. You will also be directed to the Financial Aid web site to read the Terms and Conditions of your award(s). It is the student's responsibility to read this information and to become familiar with the terms and conditions.

Your financial aid initially will be processed based on full-time enrollment for both Fall and Spring. If you do not plan to enroll full-time, you will be able to print the award notice, make adjustments to the number of hours of enrollment and submit the corrections to our office. Your awards will be adjusted. Also, you may indicate in the space provided on the printed award notice if you want to revise or decline part or the entire offer. The Office of Financial Aid/VA will attempt to meet your calculated need. However, due to funding limitations, you may not receive funds equal to the total amount of your eligibility.

All financial aid awards are subject to change if the information upon which they were based changes or federal regulations require a change. If the total of your award(s) becomes greater than your documented financial need or the established cost of attendance, your award(s) may need to be adjusted. You will be notified if such an adjustment is necessary.  While generally not an issue, all awards are subject to the availability of funding.

DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOUR FEES ARE AUTOMATICALLY PAID AS A FINANCIAL AID / SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT. YOU MUST PROCESS YOUR BILL ON SSC, PRINT AND PROCESS YOUR BILL BY MAIL OR GO INTO THE BURSAR’S OFFICE FOR BILL PROCESSING.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid

The school code for USCB: 003450

Office Locations

Beaufort campus:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sandstone Building, Room 117
843-521-3104
fax: 843-521-3194
uscbfina@uscb.edu

Bluffton campus:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Hargray Building, Room 124
843-208-8000
fax: 843-208-8290
uscbfina@uscb.edu

Mailing Address

University of South Carolina Beaufort
Office of Financial Aid
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902