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Types of Aid

At South Carolina State University, we strive to make our educational opportunities available to as many students as possible. We understand that paying tuition and fees can be a challenge. To help you pay those fees and get the education and college experience you want and deserve, we offer numerous types of financial aid to help you pay for school.

The first step to applying for all of these types of aid is to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid® (FAFSA) form. SC State's Title IV School Code is 003446. Be sure to include that code in the designated areas of your application to indicate that your aid will go toward SC State.

While each type of aid comes with its own requirements and stipulations, federal regulations require financial recipients to make satisfactory academic progress each year toward earning a degree. That progress is based on your grade point average (GPA) and credits earned each semester in relation to credits attempted. To learn more about SC State's satisfactory academic progress policies, please consult the undergraduate catalog.

Read on to learn more about the types of aid we offer at SC State.

Financial Aid Types


Grants are financial aid packages that do not need to be repaid. While some are need-based, many also have academic requirements or stipulate that the grantee fulfill certain conditions.

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Loans are need-based financial aid packages that have to be repaid after you complete your education.

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Scholarships are awarded by SC State and other private institutions to students based on academic achievement and other factors. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

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Student Employment

Student employment allows you to earn money at a part-time job that goes towards paying a substantial part of the cost of college. Jobs are typically on-campus, though there may be opportunities at approved off-campus agencies as well.

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Have more questions about the types of aid available to SC State students? Please contact us and we'll be happy to assist you.