What We Have to Offer
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Where to Get Started
More details for prospective students
Tuition and Fees
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To be eligible for this online degree program, students must have 45-60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution and completion of specific courses.
GPA Requirements are as follows:
- Business program: minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Special Education: minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
Our Palmetto College Coordinator will be happy to review your transcripts to determine eligibility.
Please refer the program-specific eligibility requirements for more detailed information.
What to do after getting accepted
Setup Usernames and Passwords
Self-Service Carolina (SSC), your USC Aiken student e-mail account and more. These are your tools to conduct official business within the University - apply for SC residency, accept financial aid offers, communicate with faculty, staff, etc. See how to set-up usernames and passwords.
Submit your FAFSA
Early submission of your FAFSA can be crucial. You should apply as soon as possible to receive consideration for financial aid. USC Aiken's financial aid school code is 003449. Your award will appear on Self-Service Carolina. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
Participate in Orientation
USC Aiken Palmetto College students are required complete orientation before registering for courses. The orientation is a self-paced orientation course offered in Blackboard. Students who do not participate will not be advised or registered for classes. Details will be sent via email.
You need to verify your citizenship (if you have not submitted the FAFSA). You will not be able to register for courses until your citizenship verification is complete.
Claim South Carolina Residency
To claim South Carolina in-state residency for tuition and state scholarship purposes, please do so by logging into your SSC account and completing the "South Carolina Residency Certification" process.
Have test scores sent to us
USC Aiken's school code is 5840. For information on scores we accept, visit the AP/IB/CLEP Placement credit page.
If you are currently enrolled in courses, please have your transcript sent to the USC Aiken Office of Admissions once you complete your final semester.
Advisement and Registration
Make sure to sign-up for advisement and registration. Advisement will be conducted via phone, email, videoconferencing, or face-to-face.
Prepare for the Semester
Information regarding your specific program can be found on the Palmetto College website or in your orientation course on Blackboard.
Palmetto College students do not have to meet the immunization requirement nor attend an on-campus orientation.
Still Have Questions?
Answers to your most frequent questions
Do I have to be a South Carolina resident?
No, under State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA), admission to Palmetto College is open to residents of all SARA states. Find out if your state is a SARA state.
How long does it take to complete a degree with Palmetto college?
Most students are able to complete their degree in 2-3 years. Completion time depends on the number of hours transferred and the number of courses a student takes each semester.
When is the last day to submit my application?
The semester deadlines for applications are as follows:
Fall July 15
Spring December 1
Summer April 15
Does Palmetto College offer courses in the summer?
USC Aiken offers a wide-variety of online courses in the summer semesters. While they are not considered Palmetto College courses, they are available to students in the program. Summer courses are primarily offered in a 5-week intensive format.
How much does it cost?
For a full-time student, Palmetto College in-state tuition is approximately $5,000 + fees per semester (fall/spring). Out-of-state tuition is approximately $10,000 + fees per semester (fall/spring). For more financial information, please visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Can I work full-time and attend Palmetto College?
Yes, many of our students have full time jobs already. Palmetto College is designed for professionals who want to complete a bachelor’s degree. Palmetto College students can choose to take a full load of courses, or attend part-time.
How are students who finish the program recognized?
The Recognition Ceremony recognizes the students graduating from our completion program where students are awarded with a Palmetto College pin and an academic medal (if they receive academic honors).
Where can I buy my textbooks?
All the required textbooks can be bought though our bookstore. The list of required textbooks for each course will be on the USC Aiken Bookstore website and on the syllabus provided by your instructor.
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