Accepting Awards


Viewing Your Aid

Once USC Aiken has received your FAFSA and any verification requirements have been satisfied, the Financial Aid Counselors will put together an aid package for you. To view your award package, you must:

  1. Log into your Self Service Carolina account
  2. Select the "Financial Aid" tab
  3. Select "Award," then "Award for Aid Year"
  4. From the Select Campus drop-down, select USC Aiken and click Continue
  5. From the Select Aid Year drop-down, select USC Aiken 2019-2020 and click Continue
  6. Select the "Award Overview" tab to view your awards

Accepting/Declining Awards

  1. Log into your Self Service Carolina account
  2. Select the "Financial Aid" tab
  3. Select "Award," then "Award for Aid Year"
  4. From the Select Campus drop-down, select USC Aiken and click Continue
  5. From the Select Aid Year drop-down, select USC Aiken 2019-2020 and click Continue
  6. Select the “Accept Award Offer”  tab to accept your awards

    You have three options to accept/decline awards:

    A) Accept the Full amount of all Awards
    B) Accept/Decline the full amount of each award individually
    C) Accept a partial amount of each award. For Federal Direct Student Loans, you must accept the full Subsidized loan before you can accept the Unsubsidized loan.

State Award Additional Requirements

Recipients of a SC State Scholarship (HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows) or SC Need-based Grant must also sign a SC State Scholarship/Grant Certification before accepting the award. Your SC Residency must also be completed before a state award can disburse.

To sign your State Scholarship/Grant Certification:

  1. Log into Self Service Carolina
  2. Under the “Financial Aid” tab, click “Award” and then “Award for Aid Year”
  3. Select USC Aiken as the Campus and USC Aiken 2019-2020 for the Aid Year
  4. Select the “Terms and Conditions” Tab and Agree or Disagree to the conditions
  5. Select the “Accept Award Offer” tab
  6. Accept the award

To complete your SC Residency:

  1. Log into Self Service Carolina
  2. Select the “Student” tab
  3. Select “South Carolina Residency Certification”
  4. Complete the residency certification for the correct term

Federal Direct Loan Additional Requirements

After accepting a Federal Direct Loan for the first time, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN). You can complete both the Entrance Loan Counseling and MPN at https://studentloans.gov by singing into the site with your FSA ID. It typically takes 24-48 hours for the completion status to be relayed from the federal site into our system at USC Aiken.

Please note, if both of these requirements are not completed, the loans will not disburse.