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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Transient Student Aid

Transient students attend other schools to take advantage of course offerings. You are considered a transient student if you are a University of South Carolina student but you earn credit at another college or university. This includes all University of South Carolina campuses except University of South Carolina Fort Jackson.

Guidelines for Receiving Aid for Transient Students

To be a transient student, you must complete the Special Enrollment Request Form to receive approval from your academic advisor, your dean or the chair of your department. This ensures that the classes taken at the other school will transfer to your program of study at USC. In addition to this, the school where you plan to earn credits must complete a Budget Sheet provided by the Transient Student Coordinator. If this is currently your first semester at USC, you are ineligible for transient study.

All USC campuses participate in transient study. Our office does not process financial aid for students who are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program at USC.

As a transient student, certain awards are excluded from use in paying your tuition and fees. Transient students are not eligible to receive Federal Work-Study or a fee reduction.

Transient Student Financial Aid Checklist 

Review your requirements on Self Service Carolina to determine if additional action is necessary. View your awards in Self Service Carolina. For questions about your awards, please contact the Transient Student Coordinator.

Complete the Transient Prescreen Form online via Dynamic Forms. You can upload the Special Enrollment Request Form within the Transient Prescreen Form. View our Forms page to obtain the Transient  Prescreen Form for the appropriate year. 

If the bill at your transient school is due prior to USC's disbursement, you will need to make payment arrangements. USC cannot hold classes at another institution. 

If you owe charges to USC, funds will not be sent until the bill is paid in full. 


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