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Financial Aid

Financial aid programs at USC Upstate make it easier for many students to attend school who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. The three general categories of federally-sponsored financial aid programs offered by the University to qualified undergraduate students include loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.

Important FAFSA Information

The 2015-2016 FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority deadline will be March 1, 2015.

IMPORTANT: Updates have been made to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to include an IRS Data Retrieval Process that will allow students and parents (once they have filed their tax returns) to populate their tax return information on the FAFSA. Complete and file your 2014 Federal Tax Return with the IRS for both students and parents as soon as possible and approximately three weeks after you file your tax return with the IRS you can go to the FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Process by clicking "LINK TO IRS." Note: married students who file separate returns or parents of a dependent student who file separate returns may not use the "LINK TO IRS" retrieval.

FAFSA VERIFICATION: The Department of Education has also updated regulations for students who are selected for verification. The financial aid office can no longer accept copies of federal tax returns. Students whose FAFSA has been selected for verification MUST use the IRS data retrieval process on the FAFSA or request a copy of their federal tax return transcript by calling the IRS at 1-800-908-9946. Click here for more information.

FAFSA Help Sessions

Confused about the Financial Aid process? USC Upstate has an event for that.

The USC Upstate Financial Aid Office is pleased to announce our FAFSA Help Sessions. On the dates below, Financial Aid staff will be available to talk with students directly about any aspect of the Financial Aid process. Join us on the following dates:

Saturday, February 21, 2015
College Goal SC
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
USC Upstate Health Education Complex, Room 2036

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
FAFSA Help Session
9:00 a.m. - noon
USC Upstate Financial Aid Office

Thursday, February 26, 2015
FAFSA Help Session
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
USC Upstate Financial Aid Office

If you would like more information about the event or have any other questions, please email us at finaid@uscupstate.edu or give us a call 864-503-5340.

We hope to see you there.

Direct Lending Program to Secure Federal Student Loans

ATTENTION: New Loan Requirement

You will now be required to ACCEPT or DECLINE your loans on Self Service Carolina if you have been awarded a Federal Direct Loan, subsidized or unsubsidized, or a Federal Perkins Loan.

You must decide if you wish to either accept or decline the loans that are offered. If you want the loans, you MUST click on the button to fully accept or fully decline your loans. If you do not accept your loans, they will not be available for you to use to pay your fees.

Dates to Remember

March 1FAFSA Priority Deadline
July 15Loan Application Deadline

Questions, Comments or Concerns about Enrollment Services?
Contact: Donette Stewart
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services

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Office of Financial Aid
800 University Way
Health Education Complex
Suite 2081
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Toll-free: 800-277-8727
Phone: 864-503-5340
Fax: 864-503-5974

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 

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