All students born after 1956 are required to provide proof of immunization. A registration hold is in place until this information is received. An immunization form was sent to you in your acceptance packet or you can find the form by clicking on the link below. This form has to be submitted before you can register for your classes. The University requirement is for two MMR shots (mumps, measles, and rubella). Student should have received the first shot after their first birthday and the second one before they went to school or shots are given 30 days apart if you receive them as an adult. Or a positive blood titer that shows immunity to the mumps, measles and rubella (has to show all three) can be submitted (see form).
All freshman students living in housing are required to choose one of three options listed on the form regarding Meningococcal Disease (menactra). Information about the disease is found on page 2 of the form.
Acceptable Records of your immunizations may be obtained from any of the following: (be sure that your name and date of birth are on all forms and copies are legible).
Mail to the address on the form or you can fax to 803-641-3727.
The University of South Carolina Aiken has established a differential in tuition and fees between in-state residents and non-residents, and must therefore determine the resident classification of applicants and students in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws (59-112-10 et seq.).
Determination of residency status occurs after admission to the university and after the student completes the Certification of South Carolina residency form in Self Service Carolina. The determination made at that time, and any determination made thereafter, prevails for each subsequent semester until information becomes available that would impact the existing residency status and the determination is successfully challenged. Residing in South Carolina and being a resident for tuition purposes are separate issues. The burden of proof rests with the student to show evidence as deemed necessary to establish and maintain their residency status.
University of South Carolina system residency process and information
Frequently asked questions about South Carolina residency
How to Certify In-State Residency Status:
All students wishing to pay in-state tuition will need to complete the online Residency Certification.
Once you have been admitted to USC Aiken, complete the online residency form by signing into Self Service Carolina at https://my.sc.edu/. You will need to log in with your VIP ID and password. Instructions on how to find this information, if you do not know your VIP ID and password can be found at http://my.sc.edu/vipid/.
After you sign into Self Service Carolina, click on the box labeled admissions, then click on the box labeled South Carolina Residency Certification. Complete all sections and submit. If additional information is needed, an e-mail will be sent to your UofSC Aiken email account.
Richmond and Columbia County Residents
Persons who are legal residents of Richmond County or Columbia County, Georgia, may qualify to pay in-state tuition. Note: the reciprocal agreement for in-state tuition for Richmond County and Columbia County residents applies only to USC Aiken undergraduate or graduate courses taken at the Aiken Campus. If you believe you qualify for in-state based on your residence in Richmond or Columbia county GA, follow the directions above (How to Certify In-State Residency Status) to certify your residency.
Any person, following a decision on his or her resident classification, may appeal the decision to the USC Aiken Legal Residency Appeals Committee. This committee, however, is bound by the same laws and regulations as the residency officer, so it's purpose is only to review the facts and details of any case and to evaluate the correctness of the decision made by the campus residency officer. Neither the committee nor the residency officer may waive the provisions of the law or regulations.
Persons wishing to appeal a residency decision must provide a letter to the Legal Residency Officer informing the officer that they want to appeal the decision. The letter must also include a summary of the person's situation and a statement which specifies the residency provision under which the person feels he or she qualifies to pay in-state fees. The residency officer will then schedule a meeting of the appeals committee as soon as possible to hear the appeal.
Congratulations again on your admission to USC Aiken and welcome to our campus community! There are a few steps before you begin classes. You can begin working on the following items:
Citizenship Verification Form (PDF)
Effective January 1, 2009, USC Aiken must verify the citizenship or lawful presence in the United States of every student before they may enroll.
This policy has been adopted to comply with section 59-101-430 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended, which requires that lawful presence in the United States is verified before enrollment at any public institution of higher education.
The University will do all it can to verify citizenship using other means. For example, a student's citizenship may be checked by the federal government when applying for financial aid. If a student's citizenship can not be verified through other means a citizenship verification form will be mailed to the student. It must be completed and returned with one of the following documents before the student can enroll. Documents that may be used to verify citizenship are:
NOTE: If a name has changed since birth, the student must present all legal documents (i.e., adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, and court-ordered name change) supporting all name changes from the name which appears on the birth certificate or proof of citizenship to the present.
The university can accept photocopies of birth certificates and other citizenship documents; however, we reserve the right to demand the production of the certified original if we have any questions about whether the copy is true and accurate or in the event any of the information on the copy is unreadable.
Members of the Division of Enrollment Management focus on the needs of individual students providing timely and accurate information, as well as comprehensive services, to assist them in making a smooth transition from their first contact with the University through graduation.
Comprised of the offices of Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, and Student Records, Enrollment Management staff members strive to provide enrollment-related services that are seamless, customer-friendly, student centered and efficient.
The departments work strategically and share resources to meet Enrollment Management's overall goals, are active participants in incorporating the vision of the University, and embrace the University values of A High Quality Learning Environment, Collegiality, Character and Citizenship.
Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go, USC Aiken can help you develop the skills, knowledge and values necessary for success in an increasingly dynamic global environment.
The Admissions staff at the University of South Carolina Aiken understands that the college selection process can be overwhelming. Our staff is dedicated and prepared to help you with information about the University and our admissions process.
Your enrollment counselor is your personal contact at USC Aiken. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact him/her.
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