South Carolina Need-based Grant

General Eligibility Requirements
To receive the South Carolina Need-based Grant, a student at USC Aiken:

  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need as defined by Title IV regulations. Priority is given to FAFSA results received in the USCA Office of Financial Aid by March 1st. Funding is limited, and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Must be a legal resident of the state of South Carolina.
  • Must be a full-time, undergraduate student seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must never have been adjudicated delinquent and never have been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in any state.
  • Must not have been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a second or subsequent alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor in any state within 12 months prior to the period of the award.
  • Must not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on any federal or state financial aid.
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 12 hours for the Fall semester and 12 hours for the Spring semester. 

Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Students

  • Must meet all general eligibility requirements.
  • If you received the SC Need-based Grant in the previous year, you must have earned at least 24 hours during the Fall and Spring semesters of that award year.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Terms of Eligibility
The SC Need-based Grant may be received for no more than eight semesters.

Award Amount
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the maximum SC Need-based Grant award amount at USC Aiken is $2,000.

Note: The SC Need-based Grant in combination with all other scholarships and grants may not exceed the cost-of-attendance as defined in Title IV regulations.

Dropping a Class or Withdrawing
If you are receiving the SC Need-based Grant or any other financial aid, dropping a class or withdrawing may affect your refund. Depending upon the type(s) of financial aid awards involved, the timing of the withdrawal, the amount of the refund and other factors, the financial aid recipient might receive a portion of the total refund amount or none of the refund amount.

Under certain circumstances, the financial aid recipient that withdraws or drops classes will be required to repay financial aid funds received. A student that drops below full-time enrollment (a minimum of 12 USCA hours) before the end of the 100% refund period  (the end of the first week of classes), will not be eligible for the South Carolina Need-based Grant for the current semester. Repayment of SC Need-based Grant funds disbursed will be required.

A student who is considering withdrawing or dropping a class should consult a Financial Aid Administrator before taking this action.

For Further Information
You may access further information on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education website at   

You may also contact the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid if you have further questions or if you need additional information: 

471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC  29801
Phone: 803-641-3476 
Fax: 803-643-6840

Please be aware that the information provided here is subject to change by the SC Legislature or the SC Commission on Higher Education.