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Office of Admissions

The University of South Carolina Aiken is committed to providing an affordable educational path.

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Net Price

Net price is calculated by the Federal Government based upon data reported by each institution through required Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys. Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance for the academic year. Total cost of attendance is the sum of tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses.

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Financial Aid

In FY (Fiscal Year) 2018-2019, students at the University of South Carolina Aiken received more than $22 million in scholarships and grants: $7.4 million was in the form of local scholarships, institutional grants, tuition waivers, and athletic awards, $7 million was through state scholarships, and $7.6 million was in the form of Federal scholarships and grants.

Average net cost vs other universities

Comparison of average net costs for public and private colleges and universities in South Carolina

Data from the College Navigator of the National Center for Education Statistics as of August 2017

Is my family eligible for Financial Aid?

USC Aiken offers a wide range of scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on university priorities, and various factors are included when considering candidates.

Your admissions application and supporting documentation are your scholarship application and must be submitted by December 1 of your senior year for priority consideration. The final deadline to be considered for university scholarship awards is February 1 of your senior year.

We strongly encourage students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline is March 15th of every year. We offer a wide variety of assistance to qualified students, including institutional scholarships, federal and state grants, and loans.

Does USC Aiken offer any payment plans?

USC Aiken offers a tuition payment plan to all students in good financial standing with no past due charges. Returning students must have a 2.0 GPA.  Students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours of classes.

Students pay 40% of the total bill after financial aid is applied, plus a $75 administrative fee. The remaining balance is divided into two equal payments payable over the next sixty days. The initial deposit and all subsequent payments must be paid with cash, check or money order. The cost of books cannot be included in this plan. This plan is not available for Maymester or Summer classes.

Students must contact the Business Services Office, Room 114 Penland Administration Building to set up the Deferred Payment Plan.

If you need to speak with a financial advisor, you can contact our Office of Financial Aid in any of the following ways :

Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Phone : 803-641-3476

Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I'm a Georgia resident?

As part of our commitment to serving students who are residents of nearby counties, USC Aiken offers in-state tuition to citizens of the United States who are residents of Richmond or Columbia Counties in Georgia. This is a savings of almost $10,000 per year!

Student Debt

According to 2018-2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the difference in annual earnings between an individual with a bachelor’s and an individual with a high school diploma is $23,359. This difference in earning power represents a tremendous return on the initial investment of time, money, and effort on the part of individuals to earn a degree; particularly when you consider that the average cumulative indebtedness of undergraduates who started with USC Aiken and graduated in 2018-2019 was $19,415 upon graduation. This debt load is fully compensated in approximately 1 year based upon the additional salary earned as a result of having the degree. Further, in 2018-2019, 31% of graduates who had started and completed their education at USC Aiken earned their degree with no debt.

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The Admissions staff at the University of South Carolina Aiken understands that the college selection process can be overwhelming. Our staff is dedicated and prepared to help you with information about the University and our admissions process.

Your enrollment counselor is your personal contact at USC Aiken. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact him/her.

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