Priority Deadline


Student aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Because funds are limited in the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, Federal SEOG and SC Need-based Grant programs, we urge you to plan and apply early.

The priority deadline for receipt of the FAFSA information in the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid is March 1st. Once your application is processed by the U.S. Department of Education, your information is sent electronically to the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid by the use of our school code (003449). The date that your FAFSA information is electronically received by our office is considered your application received date for financial aid. Applications meeting all federal and institutional requirements by the priority deadline are considered for the maximum financial aid package for which a student is eligible, including need-based aid programs with limited funding. Applications received and reviewed after this date are considered for appropriate available funds remaining. If we receive your FAFSA information after the priority deadline, you will still be eligible to receive Pell Grant and Direct Loan funds if you qualify. You may also apply for other loan funds as needed.

If your FAFSA information is received in the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid after July 1st, you should not expect financial aid to be available before the deadline to pay your Fall semester bill.