How to Apply for Aid

Use the links on the left to access information about applying for financial aid.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is needed to apply for financial aid at USC Aiken. The application is available online at

  • The 2018-2019 FAFSA is currently available and should be filed to apply for financial aid for the Fall 2018 semester, Spring 2019 semester, and Summer 2019 sessions.
  • The 2019-2020 FAFSA is also currently available and should be filed to apply for financial aid for the Fall 2019 semester, Spring 2020 semester, and Summer 2020 sessions.

The FAFSA is necessary to apply for the following financial aid programs:

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
South Carolina Need-Based Grant
Federal Work-Study
Federal Direct Loan - Subsidized
Federal Direct Loan - Unsubsidized
Federal Perkins Loan
Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS)
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
Federal T.E.A.C.H. Grant
Limited private loans, grants or scholarships

Make sure you include our federal school code on the FAFSA. USC Aiken's school code is 003449.

Before completing the FAFSA, you will need to create an FSA ID.  The video below, created by Federal Student Aid, can assist you with creating your FSA ID.

After creating your FSA ID, you can complete your FAFSA. Before completing the FAFSA, please watch the videos below. The first video will help you determine whether or not you're an independent or dependent student. The second video will assist you in completing the FAFSA.

After completing the FAFSA, the process begins of packaging your aid.