Calendar: Financial Aid
January and February
- Your first step in applying for aid is always filing your taxes, so go ahead and complete this as soon as you possibly can. Having completed your taxes makes filing the FAFSA much easier thanks to the new feature that allows you to import your tax information directly from the IRS. Even though you are no longer required to, it is still important for you to include parent information on the FAFSA as it may qualify you for additional aid (this will not affect your Federal Loan eligibility).
- If for some reason, you are unable to complete your taxes early, you can still complete your FAFSA using estimates, but there is a greater chance that you will be selected for verification; a process that will require you to submit copied of your tax transcripts before we can process aid.
- Starting in the middle of February, USC’s main financial aid office will start sending requests for information and verification documents that will be needed to complete your financial aid package. You can also download copies of some of these forms by logging into VIP and selecting Financial Aid Application Status, or by visiting Casey Wiley at the SOM Greenville campus.
- Be sure to check your SPAM folders and add USC Financial Aid to the safe senders list.
- March 1st is the priority submission date for your FAFSA, so even if you haven’t finalized your school choice or received your admissions information yet, we still recommend that you complete the FAFSA and include our school code: 003448.
- March 1st is also the priority deadline to submit your Scholarship Application Form. While we will continue to accept forms after this date, students who meet the priority deadline will be given first consideration.
- Check VIP for the completion status of your application. When you click on “Financial Aid Application Status”, you will be able to see 3 things:
- First, has the Financial Aid Office received your application? If so, there will be a received date and you can proceed to step 2. If not, and it has been over 2 weeks, you should check your FAFSA online and be sure that you have signed it and included USC (003448) as the recipient.
- Second, you can see if the application is complete. If the status is “Complete”, then you are done and can skip the next step.
- Third, if your status says “Incomplete”, then click on the hyperlink and it will take you to a customized page that will explain what is needed.
- April 1st is the priority completion date for the FAFSA. If your status is not “Complete” by this point, you may miss out on some low interest loans that USC has a limited amount to award.
- You will start to receive notice that your awards are available on VIP. Your first award letter will probably only include your loans that have been awarded. Scholarships will be awarded at a slightly later date.
- We will begin awarding scholarships around April 1st, and you will receive notice of these by both mail and email. You will have to accept the scholarships by May 15th in writing.
- May 15th is the scholarship acceptance deadline. If you have not done so already, send us your acceptance letter. Those experiencing any type of problems should call Casey Wiley at 864-455-8204.
June and July
- Create a budget using the tools provided on our website, and determine if you will need additional aid. If you do, contact Casey Wiley to discuss options for additional aid.
August to December
- Focus on your studies, but also take time to reevaluate your budget. If you find yourself under budget, you might consider reducing loans for the spring. On the other hand, if you are over budget, you should assess your spending and see where you might be able to cut costs. If you cannot find a way to cut costs to stay at budget, contact Casey Wiley to look at further aid options; likely more loans.