28 Financial Aid and Scholarships
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
OUT-OF-STATE FEE WAIVERS
Students who are not residents of South Carolina and who receive USC
Upstate Athletic or Foundation Scholarships, or USC Upstate Undergradu-ate
Assistantships valued at $250 or more each semester may qualify for
a waiver for out-of-state fees. The following conditions must be met to
qualify for the fee waiver.
The award must be made in writing to the student before the end of late
registration for each semester and prior to the student paying a tuition bill.
Notification of the award must be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office prior to
the end of late registration for each semester. Scholarships or undergraduate
assistantships that are awarded after the end of late registration for each
semester will not result in a refund of out-of-state fees.
Undergraduate assistantships are designed to attract students in areas such
as publications, music, drama, debate and selected leadership positions.
Eligible students may receive financial assistance ranging from $250 to the
cost of tuition and books each semester based upon the activity, level of
responsibility, and expected workload. Each recipient is required to sign a
contract, which describes the position and its responsibilities. Assistantships
are available for participation in the Gordon-Colloms Gospel Choir, University
Singers, Shoestring Players (theater group), The Carolinian (newspaper),
Debate Team, Writer's Inc. (literary magazine), USC Upstate Dance Team,
Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association. Many of
these assistantships require prior involvement in the activity or organiza-tions.
Please contact the Division of Student Affairs at 864-503-5106 for
USC Upstate strongly supports the recognition of students who possess the potential to return the benefits of a quality university
education to our society. Scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated academic ability, career plans, educational goals
and community service.
USC UPSTATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The USC Upstate Scholars Program for new and continuing students assists academically talented individuals in their pursuit of higher education. The prestigious
awards are given to students who have shown their potential through academic merit. USC Upstate and the Upstate region will benefit from the leadership
and academic excellence these scholars bring to campus. Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students; however, the number of awards available will be
determined by the University. Early application for admission to USC Upstate is encouraged for students to be considered for new student scholarships. Contact
the Office of Admissions for more information.
CHANCELLOR SCHOLARS are awards of $10,000 (for boarding students) and $5,000 (for commuting students) given annually to entering freshmen who meet
the following criteria: present a minimum SAT score of 1300 or ACT score of 29, rank in the top 10% of their high school class and have a minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.75.
VALEDICTORIAN SCHOLARS are awards of $10,000 (for boarding students) and $5,000 (for commuting students) given annually to entering freshmen who
are ranked first in their class at time of admission to the University or upon high school graduation. In addition, Valedictorian Scholars must present a minimum
SAT score of 1000 or ACT score of 23.
PROVOST SCHOLARS are $3,000 scholarships that are awarded annually to entering freshmen who meet the following criteria: high school graduate, present a
minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT score of 27, rank in the top 20% of their high school class with a minimum GPA of 3.50.
DEAN SCHOLARS are $2,000 scholarships that are awarded annually to entering freshmen who meet the following criteria: present a minimum SAT score of
1100 or ACT score of 24, rank in the top 30% of their high school class and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.
OUT-OF-STATE ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP are $500-$10,000 scholarships that are awarded annually to academically talented freshmen who transfer from
outside of South Carolina.
TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS are $2,000 scholarships that are awarded annually to entering transfer students (coming from two-year or technical colleges) who
have earned 60 semester hours of transferable credit from a two-year or technical college OR an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from an accredited
college. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. This scholarship is available to the recipient for two academic years (four semesters—fall
and spring, not summer).
NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS are annual awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. The competition for these awards begins when the
students take the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year of high school. Students eligible to continue in the National Merit competition are contacted by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation. At USC Upstate, Merit Scholarships are $500 annually and are renewable for four years of undergraduate study if the student
maintains at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students receiving other general USC Upstate scholarships may also receive a Merit Scholarship; the total general USC
Upstate scholarship package for such students, however, may not exceed the resident, on-campus, cost-of-attendance figure. To be eligible, students must be
accepted by USC Upstate, be designated a National Merit finalist, and have listed USC Upstate as their first choice on the National Merit application.
RENEWAL POLICY: Chancellor, Valedictorian, Metropolitan and University scholarships are renewable for seven additional consecutive semesters providing the student
maintains a cumulative USC Upstate GPA of 3.0 and earns a minimum 24 USC Upstate semester hours during the fall and spring semesters. Transfer scholarships are
renewable for three additional consecutive semesters providing the student maintains a cumulative USC Upstate GPA of 3.0 and earns a minimum of 24 USC Upstate
semester hours during the fall and spring semesters.