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Accepting Awards

Financial Aid

Viewing Your Aid

Once USCA has received your FAFSA and any verification requirements have been satisfied, the Financial Aid Counselors will assemble an aid package for you. To view your award package, you must:

  1. Log into your Self Service Aiken (SSA) Account
  2. Select the "Financial Aid" tab
  3. Select "Financial Aid Dashboard” tab
  4. Verify Aid Year in the top right corner
  5. Select the "Award Overview" tab to view your awards


Accepting/Declining Awards

  1. Log into your Self Service Aiken (SSA) account
  2. Select the "Financial Aid" tab, select “Financial Aid Dashboard”
  3. Select the Accept Award Offer tab to accept awards

You have three options to accept/decline awards:

  1. Accept the full amount of all awards
  2. Accept/decline the full amount of each award individually
  3. Accept a partial amount of each award. For Federal Direct Student Loans, you must accept the full subsidized loan before you can accept the unsubsidized loan


State Award Additional Requirements

Recipients of a SC State Scholarship (HOPE, LIFE, Palmetto Fellows) or SC Need-based Grant must also sign a SC State Scholarship/Grant Certification before accepting the award. Your SC Residency must also be completed before a state award can disburse.

To sign your State Scholarship/Grant Certification:

  1. Log into Self Service Aiken (SSA)
  2. Select the “Financial Aid” tab, Select “Financial Aid Dashboard
  3. Select the “Resources” tab, scroll to the bottom of the page to Accept and Submit
  4. Select the Select the “Accept Award Offer” tab
  5. Accept the award and submit

To complete your SC Residency:

  1. Log into Self Service Aiken (SSA)
  2. Select the “Admissions” tab, then “Residency Certification Form
  3. Select “USC Aiken
  4. Under “Start a New Certification,” complete for the correct term
  5. Be sure to answer Yes to the Reciprocity Agreement question


Federal Direct Loan Additional Requirements

After accepting a Federal Direct Loan for the first time, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN). You can complete the Entrance Loan Counseling and MPN at by signing into the site with your FSA ID. It typically takes 24-48 hours for the completion status to be relayed from the federal site into our system at USC Aiken.

Please note if both of these requirements are not completed, the loans will not be disbursed.