Congratulations again on your admission to USC Aiken Palmetto College! There are several steps before you begin classes.  You can begin working on the following items:

1. Set-up 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.

2. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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.

3. Participate in the Mandatory Orientation for Palmetto College Students

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.

4. Citizenship 

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. Verify your citizenship.

5. 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.

6. Have AP/IB/CLEP/Other placement test scores sent to USC Aiken (if applicable)

USC Aiken's school code is 5840. For information on scores we accept, visit the AP/IB/CLEP Placement credit page.

7. Send Transcripts

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.

8. Sign-up for Advisement and Registration

Advisement will be conducted via phone, email, videoconferencing, or face-to-face.

9. 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.

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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