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Priority Deadline

Financial Aid

Student aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Because funds are limited in the Federal Work-Study, Federal SEOG and SC Need-based Grant programs, we urge you to plan and apply early.

Due to the U.S. Department of Education’s extended delays in first releasing the 2024-25 FAFSA Application, further delay in families facing issues in accessing the form, as well as the extended delay in releasing the 2024-25 FAFSA information to universities across the United States, we are extending our priority deadline for receipt of the FAFSA information in the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid is April 15.

Once your application is finally processed by the U.S. Department of Education, your information is to be sent electronically to the USCA Office of Financial Aid by your adding our school code (003449) on your application. We have been advised by the U.S. Department of Education, the earliest this will occur for 2024-25 FAFSA Applications will be the “first half of March 2024”.

The date that our office electronically receives your FAFSA information is considered your application received date for financial aid. Applications meeting all federal and institutional requirements by the priority deadline are considered for the maximum financial aid package for which a student is eligible, including need-based aid programs with limited funding. Applications received and reviewed after this date are considered for appropriate available funds remaining. If we receive your FAFSA information after the priority deadline, you will still be eligible to receive Pell Grant and Direct Loan funds if you qualify. You may also apply for other loan funds as needed.

If your FAFSA information is received in the USC Aiken Office of Financial Aid after July 1, you should not expect financial aid to be available before the deadline to pay your Fall semester bill.