28 Financial Aid and Scholarships
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
academic year and must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA for renewal of this award.
Recipients must certify that they have not been adjudicated delinquent,
convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felonies, or to any alcohol
or drug-related offenses.
NOTE: remedial work is not counted in the hours earned or the GPA.
Certain majors may qualify up to $10,000. Go to the financial aid page of the
USC Upstate website for more information. For complete information, you
may access the Commission on Higher Education at www.che.sc.gov.
South Carolina Income Tax Credit for College Tuition allows South
Carolina residents to claim a refundable tax credit of up to $850 per student.
Students must complete 15 credit hours each semester and may not receive
the LIFE, Palmetto Fellow or any other state scholarship. The credit is available
to offset out-of-pocket tuition payments only. Instructions are included in
the S.C. income tax return.
Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan allows families to save for
college through a state-sponsored plan created under Section 529 of the
Internal Revenue Code. These plans offer special tax benefits and have no
income or age restrictions. Accounts can be used at almost any accredited
school to pay for tuition, room, board, books and computers. For more
information, call 1-888-244-5674 or visit www.futurescholar.com.
South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program allows families to
purchase an advance payment contract for tuition at a guaranteed level
that can be used at public and accredited private colleges and universities.
The program allows for federal tax deferral on contributions in accordance
with IRS rulings. For more information, call 1-888-772-4723 or visit www.
S.C. State Need Based Grant* is designed for South Carolina residents
who are enrolled full time seeking their first baccalaureate degree and have
demonstrated financial need. Students must complete the FAFSA annually
to apply. Priority is given to those students whose files are complete by the
March 1 priority deadline. Students must certify that they have not been
adjudicated delinquent, convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any
felonies or to any alcohol or drug-related offenses. Continuing students
must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year, and earn
a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students may not receive the grant for
more than eight semesters. For complete information, you may access the
Commission on Higher Education at www.che.sc.gov.
S. C. Teacher Loan Program was established to provide loan assistance to
qualified students in education. This may be cancelled at a rate of 20 percent
or $3,000, whichever is greater, for each full year of teaching in either an
eligible critical subject area or a critical geographic area in South Carolina.
Teaching in both types of critical areas increases the cancellation benefit to 33
percent or $5,000. Available only to South Carolina residents. Freshmen and
sophomores may borrow $5,000 per year. Students who qualify as "career
changers" may borrow up to $15,000 per year. Applicants should submit the
S.C. Teachers Loan Application by April 30. Fund are limited with renewal
applicants given priority. Additional information, including academic criteria
and critical areas/critical subjects, is available from the S.C. Student Loan
Corporation website at www.scstudentloan.org.
Teaching Fellows Program—In 1999, the S.C. General Assembly, recognizing
the shortage of teachers in our state, funded the Teaching Fellows
Program for South Carolina. The mission of the South Carolina Teaching
Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching
profession and to help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the
program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have
exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and
community, and a desire to teach South Carolina’s children.
The scholarship provides up to $5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for
summer enrichment programs (contingent on funding from the S.C. General
Assembly) administered by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention,
and Advancement (CERRA). A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one
year for every year he/she received the Fellowship.
Applications are available from high school guidance counselors, teachers,
and counselors, and may be downloaded from the CERRA website at
*Changes may occur for these programs. Access the Commission on Higher
Education website at www.che.sc.gov for the latest information available.
Awards are contingent upon fund availability to be appropriated by the
South Carolina legislature.
Job opportunities are available to USC Upstate students through a variety
of programs: Federal Work-Study, Community Services Program, Job Location
and Development Program, and the Student Assistant Program. The
primary purpose of these programs is to provide a financial resource to
students for educational expenses; however, these jobs may also provide
valuable work experience. USC Upstate students work in a variety of jobs on
and off campus. The pay scale is determined by the specific job description
and the skills or experience of the student being hired. Students employed
on campus are generally limited to working no more than 20 hours each
week during periods of regular enrollment. To view job opportunities, go
VETERANS' AND DEPENDENTS BENEFITS
Educational benefits are available to qualified veterans and children of
deceased and disabled veterans. Inquiries should be made to the veterans’
affairs office in the student’s home county seat and the USC Upstate Office
of Records, Registration and Veterans Affairs.
This award is to conserve the working usefulness of persons with impairments
who have reasonable expectations of becoming employed. Students who
might qualify for vocational rehabilitation assistance should contact the
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in their home county seats.
ATTENTION: All award notifications are sent electronically and may
be viewed through Self Service Carolina.