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year may be viewed in SSC in June. Award Requirements State Affidavits are required for the Palmetto Fellow Scholarship, LIFE Scholarship, HOPE Scholarships and the South Carolina Need Based Grant. If awarded state scholarships, complete the requirement in SSC. Student Loan Application Processing You may access the financial aid section of the Upstate website and follow instructions as it relates to Federal Direct loan processing. Promissory notes (legal document promising to repay loan) and entrance counseling must be completed by first-time borrowers and students must use the online signature process offered by the Department of Education. Scholarships and financial aid awarded are noted on the University bill. Scholarships and financial aid may be used to pay tuition, fees, room and board. Bills for the semester and fee payment instructions are available on the SSC website. Financial aid will appear on the bill as available or pending. Available funds can be used toward bill payment. Pending funds should have information in the Financial Aid Requirements section in SSC explaining why the funds are pending. Entrance Loan Counseling on the Web 1. Log on to www.studentloans.gov (use your FSA ID number) 2. Click on “Entrance Counseling” 3. Select “University of South Carolina Upstate” from the List of Participating Schools 4. Click on “start” to begin 5. Complete the Pre-Loan Counseling Test. Click on “Submit Answers.” 6. Enter the requested data on the next screen. Be sure to select “University of South Carolina Upstate.” Click on “Submit Your Information.” If you have any questions on responsibilities as a borrower or repayment requirements, contact the Financial Aid Office at USC Upstate. Using Financial Aid to pay your bill: • Financial aid less than bill (Financial Aid does not completely cover your charges): Use SSC to pay your balance with credit card, e-check, or mail balance due (to the Cashier’s Office) by personal check for receipt by the due date. You can also setup the Tuition Payment Plan in SSC. Keep your confirmation number from these options for your records. • Financial aid equal to or greater than bill: Funds will advance toward bill automatically. Web Fee Payment If your aid completely covers your educational charges, please do the following: 1. Go to my.sc.edu and login to your account 2. Click on “FINANCIAL” 3. Click on “View student account information and 179 Type B: Push the red button to talk; release the button to listen as dialing occurs automatically. Wait for a police department representative to answer. State your emergency, give your location and explain your need. Emergency (blue light) stand-alone stanchion telephones also connect directly to the University Police Department. These are found in strategic locations around campus. To activate: • Push the button to talk • Release the button to listen (Dialing occurs automatically) • Wait for a police department representative to answer. State the emergency and give your location. Describe the incident, injury or illness. Financial Aid USC Upstate seeks to provide financial aid to every student in need of such assistance. About 80% of Upstate students receive some form of financial aid. Assistance is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and workstudy programs. Scholarships are awarded through the USC Upstate Scholars Program and the Foundation Scholars Program. The Upstate Scholars Program provides prestigious awards to academically talented students enrolling at Upstate for the first time. Contact Admissions for more information. The Foundation Scholars Program provides awards to both new and continuing students based on factors such as academic merit, financial need, special talents and major. Applications are on the website in early November for Foundation Scholarships. The application for federal financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. This allows for quicker processing and maximizes your potential for financial aid. The school code to enter is “006951.” South Carolina residents may be eligible for various sources of financial aid, such as the South Carolina Need Based Grant, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, LIFE Scholarship, and the HOPE Scholarship. For information, access www. che.sc.gov. Requests for Additional Information Awards cannot be made until all requested information is received. Students are notified via e-mail or Self Service of Awards and if additiional information is needed. Letters may also be mailed to students if additional information is needed to finalize financial aid awards. Scholarship and Financial Aid Award Letters You can view the type and amount of financial aid for which you are eligible in Self Service Carolina (SSC). Any scholarship awards will also be listed on your account. Awards for the new academic 175 ‘16 - ‘17 Student Handbook


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