Charleston Southern University (CSU) admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, disability or sex. Degree-seeking candidates for admission to the University are evaluated for admission to the University on the basis of the following criteria:
- Potential ability as indicated by high school curriculum, grades, GPA or GPA and class rank. Students transferring from other post secondary institutions or seeking readmission to CSU will be evaluated based on the records from all regionally accredited institutions attended.
- Submission of SAT or ACT scores must be evaluated for all entering freshmen. Transfer or returning students with sufficient acceptable credit are not required to forward SAT or ACT scores unless requested.
- The personal recommendations of individuals such as the applicant’s pastor, principal, guidance counselor, and teachers are considered.
- Graduation from an approved secondary school.
- A General Education Development Test (GED) will be accepted.
Procedure for Freshmen Applicants
- Submit an online application at www.charlestonsouthern.edu.
- Submit official SAT or ACT scores. Information regarding dates and locations of SAT (www.collegeboard.com) or ACT (www.actstudent.org) tests may be obtained from high school counselors or online.
- High school students must have an official high school transcript sent directly from the high school during the application process. A final official transcript must be sent upon high school graduation.
- Students holding an equivalency high school diploma must provide official GED scores and a transcript of all high school coursework completed.
- After acceptance by the University, the prospective full-time student must send a $100.00 class deposit to the Enrollment Services Office. The class deposit is nonrefundable and applies toward tuition.
Procedure for Home-Schooled Applicants
Home-schooled students applying for admission to CSU must meet the following requirements:
- An official transcript must be submitted, indicating grades, curriculum employed and a cumulative GPA;
- the student must have satisfied relevant educational requirements for the state in which the student was a resident; and
- the student must meet the same SAT (or ACT) and other admissions requirements as other incoming high school students.
Procedure for Transfer and Readmission Applicants
- Submit an online application at www.charlestonsouthern.edu.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transfer students may be admitted to CSU without submitting SAT or ACT scores and a high school transcript under the following conditions
- The transfer student has successfully completed at least 24 transferable credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university;
- earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (on a 4 -point scale) in the transferable credit hours; and
- courses equivalent to or MATH 111 and ENGL 111 at CSU are included in the transferable credit hours.
Students not meeting these requirements are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript. At the discretion of the Enrollment Services Office, students meeting the above requirements may be required to submit SAT or ACT scores and/or high school transcripts.
- Any student with transfer credit for or MATH 111 or higher-level algebra or calculus course or Advanced Placement (AP) credit for calculus (all less than five years old) will be permitted to register in the next subsequent course.
- After acceptance by the University, the prospective full-time student must send a $100.00 nonrefundable class deposit to the Enrollment Services Office. This class deposit applies toward tuition.
- Transfer credit will be brought into CSU as hours earned and letter grade but not the quality points. Transfer students must provide official documentation of credits earned, and all transfer credits must be approved by the Registrar. Credit that is to be applied toward a major or a minor must be approved by the Registrar and/or the Department Chairperson.
- Readmission: Any student returning to CSU after missing one or more semester (fall or spring) will be required to submit an application for admission. Students must provide official transcripts of all coursework completed after leaving CSU. Admissions acceptance will be based on the student’s academic records.
Time Limitations on Credit
Some departments have established policies stating older courses may not be used to meet major or minor requirements, or their prerequisites. Older courses that are not required for one’s major or minor may be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements, or may be accepted as general electives.
|The following departments have time limitations on credit:
||Business and Economics
The following majors (and minors if applicable) are subject to the above departmental limitations:
||Business Administration (any emphasis), Criminal Justice, Economics, Psychology, Sociology
||Education (all majors)
||Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics
Policy application guidelines:
- The age of credit is established from the date classes begin for the term a student attends after being admitted or readmitted. The age of credit will be recalculated if the student leaves CSU for at least two consecutive semesters (fall and spring). If a student leaves the University for two consecutive semesters and later returns, the student is subject to the Undergraduate Catalog and regulations in effect at the time of matriculation.
The University has established a process for students to request their CSU undergraduate transcripts to be “bankrupt” when being readmitted to the University after a period of time.
- At least five calendar years must have passed since the student last attended CSU, and the student’s academic record must show at least 24 credit hours attempted in residence.
- The student must apply for readmission and will be subject to current guidelines regarding transfer credit. Along with the Application for Admission, the student must submit a letter requesting academic transcript bankruptcy. The letter should describe the student’s current academic goals and plans to achieve academic success. This letter will be forwarded to the Registrar for review during the readmission process.
- The University Registrar will submit recommendations to the Director of Admissions regarding acceptance and conditions of enrollment which will include mathematics and English placement. After the student is readmitted through Enrollment Services, the Registrar will notify the student about the conditions of transcript bankruptcy as described in this policy.
- All previous CSU credit will be disregarded with respect to any degree requirements. The prior academic record, including terms, course titles, grades and credit hours attempted will remain a part of the student’s transcript. However, the prior academic record will not include credit hours earned or grade points. The transcript will indicate “Transcript Bankruptcy Approved on (date)” under the last term included under the bankruptcy. The student will be subject to the current Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) scale as it applies to total credit hours attempted and the minimum GPA required to be in good academic standing for all new credit attempted. For example, if the number of bankrupt hours attempted is 62 and the student is now registered for 6 new hours, the total attempted hours will be 68, and the student is subject to earning a minimum GPA of 1.8 to be in good standing. If a student’s bankrupt hours attempted total 91or more, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained beginning with the first new term attended to be in good standing. Students should contact CSU Enrollment Services Counselors regarding limitations on the maximum number of attempted undergraduate hours permitted for financial aid.
- The student will be subject to all current policies and procedures, and to the current undergraduate catalog when matriculation occurs.
- The student may not elect to reverse the decision to declare transcript bankruptcy once it has been approved, and the student has enrolled.
- Any student that has been granted transcript bankruptcy will not be eligible for any academic honors at CSU.
Procedure for International Students
Academically qualified students from foreign countries are encouraged to apply for admission to Charleston Southern University. Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in English to be able to study entirely in the English language. International students already in the United States must have a valid legal status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before beginning the admission process in order to be considered for admission to CSU. The following must be sent to the Enrollment Services Office:
- Submit an online application at www.charlestonsouthern.edu.
- Official high school transcripts and/or college transcripts from all institutions attended must be received directly from these institutions. Official English translations must accompany transcripts and any document in a language other than English. All documents must be either official or certified copies of officials. Any student who attended a non-American high school outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services, Inc. or another accredited member of NACES.
- SAT or ACT scores must be sent directly to the Enrollment Services Office from the respective testing agency. Only official copies from the testing services will be considered.
- Confirmed English proficiency is required, if English is not your native language. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores must be sent directly to the Enrollment Services Office from the testing agency. Only official copies from the testing service will be considered. (Minimum TOEFL score required 550 for paper-based tests, or internet based score of 79.) For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. CSU may conditionally admit international students without a TOEFL score if they have successfully completed and graduated from an approved Intensive English Program. The international student must have completed an approved Intensive English Program at a minimum level equivalent to a score of 80 on a computer based TOEFL. All Intensive English Programs must be accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) or ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training). For a list of approved Intensive English Programs, contact the International Student Enrollment Counselor in CSU’s Admissions Office.
- A completed International Student Financial Statement and International Addendum form. The International Student Financial Statement be completed by your financial institution to certify your ability to attend CSU. Financial aid for international students is limited so students must be able to cover the cost of attendance from their personal resources. The Financial Statement must be completed and signed by the financial institution. The Tuition and Room & Board Fees section show the total amount in U.S. dollars you must have on the financial statement minus any confirmed financial aid.
In the event an individual or company is sponsoring a student, an Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents must be submitted by the sponsor on behalf of the student.
- Transfer students that have attended a U.S. college/university: An INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ELIGIBILITY FORM must be completed by the International Student Advisor or Designated School Official. The original form with the official school seal is required along with copies of current I-20, visa, I-94 and other legal documents.
Due to Immigration and Customs Enforcement requirements and the necessity of having transcripts evaluated, the deadline for admission applications from international students is two calendar months prior to “the first day of classes” (according to the CSU Academic Calendar) of the academic term of entry. Applications received after the deadline may be considered for a future entry term if the applicant desires. This deadline also applies to students entering any of our graduate programs.
Students transferring from a university outside of the United States are required to have their academic transcript(s) translated/evaluated by an approved outside agency prior to admissions acceptance. All fees for these services are paid by the student directly to the party or agency providing them. You may call the Office of Enrollment Services for further information.
Institutional Scholarships and Athletic Grants-in-Aid are available to qualified International students. Otherwise, students entering Charleston Southern University assume full financial responsibility for tuition and charges incurred.
In the event a student is being sponsored by an individual or company, an Affidavit of Support and supporting financial documents must be submitted by the sponsor on behalf of the student. After issuance of Form 1-20 and prior to the drop/add deadline of the respective term, an advance cash deposit is required to be on file within the Business Office in the amount of the total cost of the term, including any necessary insurance premium. Otherwise, Charleston Southern University reserves the right to deny the student attendance for that term.
Types of Acceptance and Admissions Standards
A student who has met all admission requirements and is pursuing a degree (or teacher certification only). Regular acceptance also includes students who are assigned the academic standing of Probation 1 or Probation 2. Regularly accepted students will take the mathematics placement exam in order to determine their initial math class at Charleston Southern University.
Freshman Applicant Admissions Requirements:
- Minimum of College Preparatory curriculum in high school, the student should have a GPA of at least 2.0 in his or her core classes. Classes to include 4 years English; 3 years mathematics (including Algebra I & II and Geometry); 3 years science (including 2 lab sciences); and 3 years history.
Minimum SAT* scores required for the Regular acceptance of new freshmen: Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 530 , Math = 490 (Note: These SAT scores are based on the redesigned SAT.)
OR a minimum ACT composite score of 19. All subscores in each category must be a minimum of 19 for Regular admissions consideration. *Due to the redesigned SAT, CSU has reset the admission parameters for regular and Bridge acceptance.
- In addition to standardized test scores, CSU placement tests and other information may be used in the admissions process.
- The Bridge Program
A student determined to have potential difficulty with a regular freshman course load may be admitted by approval of the Director of the Bridge Program and/or the Director of Admissions and given a course load which must include a Bridge Program curriculum. Students who are accepted into this program must pass all of their Bridge courses during the first thirty (30) hours attempted in order to continue their studies at Charleston Southern University. Exceptions made due to class availability will be determined by the Director of the Bridge Program. Students admitted in the Bridge Program that includes Bridge mathematics will be registered in Math 099 during one of their first two semesters of attendance. However, some students may complete Bridge Program requirements during the summer just prior to their first semester by enrolling in the Summer Bridge Academy at CSU. See more about The Bridge Program in this catalog.
Freshman Applicant Admissions Requirements:
- For the student who has taken a College Preparatory curriculum in high school, the student should have a GPA of at least 2.0 in his or her core classes. Classes to include 4 years English; 3 years mathematics (including Algebra I & II and Geometry); 3 years science (including 2 lab sciences); and 3 years history.
- For the student who has taken a combination of College Prep., Tech. Prep., and General courses in high school, the student should have a GPA of at least 2.5 in his or her core classes. Classes to include 4 years English; 3 years mathematics (including Algebra I & II and Geometry); 3 years science (at least 2 lab sciences); and 3 years history.
- For the student who has taken a combination of College Prep. and Tech. Prep. courses in high school, the student should have a GPA of at least 2.5 in his or her core classes. Classes to include 4 years English; 3 years mathematics (including Algebra I & II and Geometry); 3 years science (including 2 lab sciences); and 3 years history.
- Minimum SAT* scores required for the Bridge Program acceptance of new freshmen: Evidence-based Reading and Writing = 450 /*Math = 440 (Note: These SAT scores are based on the redesigned SAT.)
OR a minimum ACT score of 17 in English, 17 in Math, and a minimum ACT score of 15 in Reading and Science. *Due to the redesigned SAT test, CSU has reset the admission parameters for regular and bridge acceptance.
- In addition to standardized test scores, CSU placement tests and other information may be used in the admissions process.
a. A student seeking a degree from Charleston Southern University who has not submitted all the required material for regular admission. Such a student may be accepted on the provision that he or she submit the required material as determined by the Enrollment Services Office prior to preregistration for the next term. Enrollment may only include one Fall or Spring semester and may not exceed 15 credit hours during this period. Graduate students should refer to the appropriate section of the most current Graduate Catalog for credit hour limitations under Provisional Status.
b. Students over twenty-one years of age may be admitted under this classification if they do not have SAT/ACT scores and do not qualify as a transfer student. Such students are not required to take the SAT or ACT but must submit evidence of academic potential. Any provisionally admitted student over twenty-one years of age who does not receive transfer credit for a mathematics course toward the fulfillment of the LAC (Liberal Arts Core) requirement in mathematics, or credit for a course equivalent to MATH 099, and does not have a current SAT and/or ACT score (less than five years old), has two options:
· Option 1: Take the mathematics placement exam ONCE, prior to enrolling in their first major semester and prior to registering for any mathematics course. This exam will be used to determine whether a student is allowed to register for a freshman level (or higher) mathematics course, or if they must first complete MATH 099, Beginning Algebra (Students receive institutional credit only).
· Option 2: Those who do not take the mathematics placement exam according to Option 1 above must successfully complete MATH 099, Beginning Algebra, before registering for a higher mathematics course at CSU.
Regardless of which option (above) is chosen, all students placed into Mathematics 099 will be required to pass MATH 099 during their first two major semesters (fall and spring). In addition, students admitted under this status must also pass English 111 during their first two major semesters (fall and spring) at CSU or have acceptable equivalent transfer credit prior to attending CSU. Students who do not meet these requirements will not be allowed to continue at CSU, and must complete the transferable equivalent of (1) Mathematics 099 or higher acceptable course, and/or (2) English 111 at another institution before being readmitted at CSU.
Once students provide evidence of mathematics proficiency at the Math 099 level or higher, they may then satisfy the liberal arts core requirements in mathematics by successfully completing Math 105 or higher level course(s), depending on one’s major and/or minor requirements. Having successfully earned credit for English 111 allows students to enroll in English 112. Refer to the CSU Undergraduate Catalog for other Liberal Arts Core requirements.
Students not seeking a degree at Charleston Southern University. This category includes high school students enrolled in honor’s programs, consortium students, transient students seeking educational certification or re-certification, and others taking personal interest courses. Undergraduate students may take up to 15 hours under this classification before being required to apply for acceptance as “regular” or degree-seeking (or teacher “certification only”) student. Students accepted under Special Status are not eligible to receive financial aid at Charleston Southern University.
Note: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management
All students applying to the University to specifically seek a degree in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management program will not be required to take the Math Placement Test as a condition of acceptance.
A transfer applicant, in order to be accepted to CSU, must be eligible to return to the previously attended institution(s). Transfer students are required to submit an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended, regardless as to whether any course may be transferred in, and must meet current “Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)” requirements. Students who do not meet the SAP requirements for good standing may be admitted on probation 1 or 2, or be denied admission.
Transfer students may be admitted to CSU without submitting SAT (or ACT) scores and a high school transcript under the following conditions:
- The transfer student has successfully completed at least 24 transferable credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university,
- Earned a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (on a 4 -point scale) in the transferable credit hours, and
- Courses equivalent to or MATH 111 and English 111 at CSU are included in the transferable credit hours.
Students not meeting these requirements are required to submit official SAT (or ACT) scores and an official high school transcript. At the discretion of the Enrollment Services Office, students meeting the above requirements may be required to submit SAT (or ACT) scores and/or high school transcripts.
Acceptance of Home-Schooled Applicants
Home-schooled students applying for admission to CSU must meet the following requirements:
- An official transcript must be submitted, indicating grades, the curriculum employed and a cumulative GPA,
- The student must have satisfied relevant educational requirements for the state in which the student was a resident, and
- The student must meet the same SAT (or ACT) and other admissions requirements as other incoming high school students.
Charleston Southern University’s financial aid program is designed to help students complete a college education regardless of their financial situation within federal, state and institutional guidelines. All students are urged to explore the possibilities for financial assistance offered through the Enrollment Services Office. While documented financial need is the primary factor used to determine the amount of financial aid a student receives, the University also offers scholarship programs which recognize and reward talent, athletic ability, and academic achievement.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Make sure you add CSU to your FAFSA! Our school code is 003419.
Apply for your FAFSA every January 1 for the upcoming academic year.
- All residents of South Carolina and active duty military families stationed in South Carolina MUST file the FAFSA by June 30 of each year to be considered for a South Carolina Tuition Grant.
- Once accepted to the university, the Office of Financial Aid will review your FAFSA and create an award package based on your eligibility.
How to Check Your Financial Aid Status Online
Once you are accepted to CSU you can log-in to your MyCSU with your CSU ID and PIN. Click “view your financial aid live” to view missing or incomplete documents, messages specific to your financial aid, and your financial aid awards. All information is processed in real time, so you see up-to-date information.
Disbursement of Financial Aid
Financial aid will not be disbursed until confirmation of student’s attendance to classes has taken place at the end of the drop/add period. Students who have not been recorded as attending class at drop/add will not be eligible for any financial aid.
Certification of Registration with the Selective Service Commission
All male students born after December 31, 1959,who have reached their eighteenth birthday, must register with the Selective Service in order to be eligible to receive financial aid from federal sources including funds from the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal Supplemental Grant, the Federal PLUS, and Federal Work-Study Programs. All recipients of federal aid are required by federal law to sign a statement of their status with the Selective Service.
Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid
In order to be eligible for renewal of any type of financial aid, students must show evidence of satisfactory progress toward graduation. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at Charleston Southern University is defined as successful completion of coursework attempted and progress toward graduation. Although certain scholarships and grants require higher minimum Grade Point Averages (GPA), students must maintain the minimum requirements listed below:
|76 or more
*Note: Hours attempted for SAP purposes includes all credit attempted at CSU, all transfer credit and all nontraditional credit awarded.
SAP Annual Review
Financial Aid reviews students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress status annually.
Maximum attempted hours
Students are eligible to receive financial aid, provided all other requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy are met and the number of attempted hours does not exceed 150 percent of the number of hours required for their degree. Transfer credits, WP, WF and W grades that apply towards the student’s degree will be considered as attempted hours for this purpose. Once a student’s number of attempted hours exceeds 150 percent of the number of hours required for their degree (125), or if it is no longer mathematically possible for the student to complete their degree within the maximum number of attempted hours allowed, the student will be denied eligibility for financial aid.
Example: The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a student to complete at least 125 credit hours. A student may attempt no more than 188 hours (125 times 150%) and still remain eligible to receive financial aid.
Minimum Number of Earned Hours Required
Students are eligible to receive financial aid, provided all other requirements of the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy are met, and so long as they earn at least 67 percent of attempted hours. Students who do not earn at least 67 percent of their attempted hours will be denied eligibility for financial aid. (See Financial Aid Appeals below). Withdrawn classes in which you receive a grade of “W”, “WP”, “WF”, Incompletes, repeated classes, and transfer credits are all considered attempted hours. Example: Student has attempted 100 hours but only earned 50 hours. Earned hours divided by attempted hours equals 50% of attempted hours; thus student did not meet 67% required.
Financial Aid SAP Appeals
Students may appeal under any condition that they feel constitutes an extenuating and/or mitigating circumstances and where such circumstances contributed to their not meeting the university’s standard of satisfactory academic progress. Appeals are considered on an individual basis, and the student is notified in writing of the Committee’s decision. Appeals must be submitted no later than 10 working days after the end of Summer term to ensure sufficient funding for the upcoming fall semester. This can be done by completing a Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Appeal Form. The form can be downloaded by signing into your MyCSU and clicking on your Financial Aid LIVE.
Financial Aid Appeal Process and Requirements
Students who wish to appeal their denied status may do so by completing the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal and writing a letter of appeal to the Financial Aid Review Committee. In their letter the student should speak to:
1) the reason or reasons including nature of problem, dates issue occurred as to why he/she failed to meet University’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress, and;
2) attach any supporting documentations for the appeal and how the issue was resolved and;
3) projected graduation date and;
4) projected GPA and enrollment plan (credit hours and classes you plan to attempt for the academic year) which include your plans to make up any deficiencies in GPA and/or credit hours
The Financial Aid Review Committee reserves the right to require the student to meet with the committee as part of the appeal process.
Should a student’s appeal be approved, the student will be placed on financial aid probation for one payment period (semester). At the end of approved payment period (semester), the student’s academic progress will again be reviewed at which time the student is expected to either 1) have met the university’s standards of satisfactory academic progress or; 2) have met the minimum requirements as called for in their approved academic plan. Students who fail to meet either the university’s standards of satisfactory academic progress or the minimum requirements as called for in their academic plan will again be denied eligibility for financial aid at which time the student will need to submit a subsequent appeal.
For students who will need more than one payment period to meet the University’s standards of satisfactory academic progress, an approved academic plan will be required as a condition of the approval of the appeal. Should the appeal be approved, the student will be on financial aid probation for one payment period (semester) at which time the student would have expected to have met the minimum requirements as called for in their approved academic plan. If standards are met, the student will continue financial aid eligibility for the next payment period (semester). Should the student fail to meet the academic plan requirements, the student will be required to submit a subsequent appeal.
Should a student’s appeal be denied, the student will not receive financial aid for the academic year. The student must meet the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards before being able to receive financial aid for the following academic years.
Removal from financial aid does not prevent a student from enrolling at Charleston Southern University without financial aid if they are otherwise eligible to enroll.
- Students receiving the S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship must earn 30 credit hours within the academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. All college level courses earned at a college or university in South Carolina will be counted towards your 30 credit hours, but your GPA eligibility will be calculated using only CSU grades.
- Students receiving the S.C. LIFE Scholarship must earn a cumulative of 30 credit hours each academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. All college level courses earned at a college or university in South Carolina will be counted towards your 30 credit hours and your GPA eligibility will be calculated using all prior grades.
- Students receiving the S.C. HOPE Scholarship must earn 30 credit hours within the academic year and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to receive a S.C. LIFE Scholarship for the following year. The S.C. HOPE Scholarship is only available for one year.
- English 099 and MATH 099 do not count toward the 30 earned hours required to maintain eligibility for the S.C. Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, or HOPE scholarships. If a student realizes that he or she does not have enough earned hours to meet this requirement, then he or she should discuss this situation with a designated faculty advisor. The student may have to attend summer sessions to maintain eligibility for continued financial aid.
* See regulations for S.C. HOPE, LIFE, and Palmetto Fellows at http://www.che.sc.gov
- Students receiving the SC Tuition Grant are required to earn 24 credits hours yearly. This includes the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students taking less than full time hours are required to earn 80% of hours attempted to meet eligibility for the following academic year.
Financial Aid Programs Available at CSU
All aid must be used exclusively for costs of attendance. Before you receive any funds, you must sign a statement of Educational Purpose, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act Certification, stating that you understand this requirement and agree to the restrictions it imposes. These statements are located within the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Federal and State
Financial assistance is available through the following programs. The amount of assistance you qualify for will be based on your financial need as determined by each program. Early application is very important for all types of aid.
Federal Financial Aid
Federal Pell Grant - Federal grant based on financial need determined by completing the FAFSA. Eligible students may receive up to $5,920 for the year, depending on need and hours enrolled each semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) - Federal grant reserved for full Pell eligible students. Students must complete the FAFSA to be considered. Award amounts up to $1,000 a year. Limited campus funding.
Federal College Work-Study - Federal Work-Study is awarded based on federal eligibility criteria and the availability of funds. Students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study on their financial aid award letter will be notified during the summer of the additional information required to secure a job on campus.
Work-Study is considered part-time student employment; therefore, the wages earned are taxed.
All work-study related questions should be directed to the Student Employment Coordinator at 843-863-8067.
Federal Perkins Loan - The Perkins Loan is a fixed rate loan at 5% interest. It is a simple interest loan in the student’s name. There is a nine month grace period after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) before repayment begins.
Direct Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan - Federal student loan in the student’s name and has an interest rate of 4.45% for students who take out a Direct Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan after July 1, 2017. The interest rate does not accrue while the student is enrolled. There is a six month grace period after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during a major semester before repayment on the loan begins. Students are required to complete a Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling to receive this loan. This process can be done by visiting www.studentloans.gov and signing in with your FAFSA ID and password. The Financial Aid Office with receive notification of completion electronically from the Department of Education.
Direct Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan - The same as a Subsidized Stafford Loan except the interest does accrue while the student is enrolled. The interest has a fixed interest rate of 4.45% and can be paid quarterly or allowed to accrue and be capitalized to the principal. There is a six month grace period after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) during a major semester before repayment on the loan begins. Students are required to complete a Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling to receive this loan. This process can be done by visiting www.studentloans.gov and signing in with your FAFSA ID and password. The Financial Aid Office with receive notification of completion electronically from the Department of Education.
Direct Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Loan- This is a loan in the parent’s name. The PLUS has a fixed interest rate of 7.00%. This loan goes into repayment 60 days after the loan is disbursed. The amount of repayment depends on the total borrowed. There are no prepayment penalties. The amount of the loan is subject to loan approval. If parents are determined to be ineligible for a PLUS Loan, students may be eligible to receive additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Parents are required to complete a Master Promissory Note to receive this loan. This process can be done by visiting www.studentloans.gov and signing in with the parent’s FAFSA ID and password. The Financial Aid Office will receive notification of completion electronically from the Department of Education.
All Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized and Parent PLUS Loan are subject to loan fees. Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans taken out after October 1, 2017 have a 1.068% loan fee. Parent PLUS Loans taken out after October 1, 2017 have a loan fee of 4.276%.
South Carolina HOPE Scholarship
S.C. Commission on Higher Education -
803-737-2260 or toll-free at 877-349-7183
The S.C. Hope Scholarship Program was established under the S.C. Education Lottery Act in 2001. It is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for eligible first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution. Eligible full-time students may receive up to the following award amount:
- Up to $2,800 towards the cost of attendance.
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
- Must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on uniform Grading Scale upon high school graduation;
- Must be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
- Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or LIFE; and
- Must meet all residency criteria.
There is no application required for the S.C. HOPE Scholarship. CSU students should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and will be notified on their financial aid award letter if eligible for the scholarship.
- The HOPE Scholarship is for the first year only.
- Students must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA and 30 credit hours (excluding Bridge Program Math 099 and English 099 classes) to receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship for subsequent years.
- Must meet all residency criteria.
South Carolina LIFE Scholarship Program
S.C. Commission on Higher Education - http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/LIFEScholarshipProgram.aspx
803-737-2260 or toll-free at 877-349-7183
The South Carolina General Assembly established the Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Program in 1998 to increase access to higher education, improve employability of South Carolina’s students, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Eligible full-time students may receive awards as follows:
- Up to $5,000 towards the cost of attendance
- Limited to eight semesters from high school graduation
- Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
- Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
- Not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or S.C. HOPE Scholarship; and
- Meet all residency criteria.
Students must meet two of the following three criteria:
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
- Rank in the top 30 percent of graduating class; or
- Score an 1100 SAT or 24 ACT.
There is no application required for the LIFE Scholarship. CSU students should complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and will be notified on their financial aid award letter if eligible for the scholarship.
- Meet all residency criteria
- Earn cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of each academic year (including all grades earned at eligible S.C. institutions excluding remedial, continuing education, nondegree credit courses)
- Earn an average of 30 nonremedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all hours earned at eligible S.C. institutions excluding remedial, continuing education, nondegree credit courses)
SC LIFE Enhancement
Math and science majors who receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship may be eligible to receive the S.C. LIFE Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The S.C. LIFE Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math or science courses during their first year of college enrollment.
South Carolina Palmetto Fellows
S.C. Commission on Higher Education - http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/PalmettoFellowsScholarshipProgram.asp
803-737-2260 or toll-free at 877-349-7183
The South Carolina General Assembly established the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship program in 1988 to retain academically talented high school graduates in the state through awards based on merit. Eligible fulltime students may receive up to the following award amount: Up to $6,700 for the first year, $7,500 for second, third, and fourth years annually towards the cost of attendance at an eligible senior institution in South Carolina.
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
Application for early awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by the date established in December each academic year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the early awards:
- Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Test scores must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education by no later than the established deadline in December;
- Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the UGS at the end of the junior year; and
- Rank in the top six percent of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year.
Applications for final awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by the date established in June each academic year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the final awards:
- Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Test scores will be accepted through June of the senior year;
- Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the UGS at the end of the senior year;
- Rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of the senior year.
- Meet residency requirements
Students must not be a recipient of the S.C. LIFE Scholarship or S.C. HOPE Scholarship.
All applicants, including home-schooled students, are required to provide class rank order to be eligible to apply. For home-school students, class rank is available through either the home school association or through the high school within the student’s required attendance zone.
For application information, please contact the high school guidance counselor if you meet the above criteria.
- Meet all general eligibility criteria
- Earn cumulative 3.0 GPA at CSU by the end of each academic year (excluding remedial courses)
- Earn 30 nonremedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all hours earned at eligible S.C. institutions during the year excluding remedial, continuing education, nondegree credit courses)
- Meet residency requirements
Palmetto Fellows Enhancement
Math and science majors who receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The Palmetto Fellows Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math or science courses during their first year of college enrollment. For additional information visit: http://www.csuniv.edu/admissions/scholarships/state.html
South Carolina Teacher’s Loan Program
A state funded loan program for students planning careers as public school teachers. Students must teach in one of several geographic and academic areas determined by the South Carolina Department of Education deemed to have a critical need. This program is only available to students seeking their initial certification. Qualified applicants may borrow according to the same limits as Federal Stafford Loan Program per academic year. If approved, your loan could be repaid by the South Carolina Department of Education on a schedule directly related to your employment. Deadline for completed applications is May 15. For application and additional information visit: http://www.scstudentloan.org/applyforaloan.aspx
South Carolina Tuition Grant
A need-based state funded program available to eligible students enrolled fulltime (12 hours per semester). Residents of South Carolina and military related students who have been stationed in South Carolina for one year as of fall registration are required to apply for this grant. Students must complete FAFSA by June 30 each year. There is a maximum of eight semesters of eligibility to receive this grant. Students must meet satisfactory academic progress and earn at least 24 credit hours each year as a full-time student for renewal. Students must also be able to meet South Carolina residency requirements. For academic qualification visit: https://sctuitiongrants.org/
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department Training Assistance
This training assistance is based upon an eligibility criteria for services and is not viewed as an entitlement benefit to a student. An eligible student must be an individual with a physical or mental disability which for such individual constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment. The student must also be able to benefit in terms of an employment outcome from the provision of vocational rehabilitation services and requires such services to prepare for, enter into, engage in, or retain gainful employment. Student may seek detailed information about applying and receiving services by contacting the local office of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department. Students will also need to apply for Federal financial aid or other funding resources prior to being considered for training assistance.
Charleston Southern University Programs
A number of scholarships and grants, made possible through gifts and endowment income, as well as college¬ funded programs, are available to qualified students. While most awards require demonstrated financial need as defined by federal programs, some are based on academic merit and personal talent. The Office of Enrollment Services will assist you with this process.
Scholarships and awards are a part of your total financial aid package and must be awarded according to the policies of institutional, federal and state programs. There are limitations on the amounts of CSU funded awards students may receive. Please contact the Enrollment Services Office for more information.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded by Charleston Southern University to degree-seeking students who are enrolled full-time. The scholarship amount is determined by the student’s GPA and SAT/ACT score at the time of high school graduation. The scholarship amount may change based on financial need and residency status. This award can be renewed each year by maintaining satisfactory academic progress.
Scholarships are available to students who qualify both athletically and academically for one of the competitive team sports. Inquiries should be directed to the CSU Athletic Department.
Students who participate in the CSU Concert Band or Jazz Band may be eligible to receive a scholarship. An audition is required and can be arranged by contacting the University Band Director at 843-863-7962 in the CSU Horton School of Music.
International Missionary Dependent Award
Awards are made to the dependents of missionaries serving with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. These awards are for semesters only (fall and/or spring) and are up to $3,000 per year for tuition. For consideration, please fill out FAFSA and contact the CSU Financial Aid Office.
Minister’s Dependent Scholarship
Dependents of pastors ordained by the South Carolina Baptist Convention are eligible to receive $1,000 per year. For consideration, please fill out FAFSA and contact the CSU Financial Aid Office.
Scholarships may be available to accepted students who participate in music ensembles and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. A scholarship audition is required. Auditions can be arranged after a student has filled out the Horton School of Music Application. Contact the CSU Horton School of Music at 843-863-7962. One credit hour of studio instruction is required each semester (fall and spring).
Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State
CSU offers incoming full-time freshman a Palmetto Boys State Scholarship and Palmetto Girls State Scholarships for $1,000 for 4 years. Qualifications are acceptance to CSU, full time enrollment, 3.0 high school grade point average, minimum 1000 SAT (math and critical reading only) or a composite ACT of 21. Student must provide letter of participation and completion of this program. Scholarships are not awarded above direct costs which include tuition, room and board (f living on campus) and books. For renewal students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average and earn 24 credit hours.
Student Government Association (SGA) Stipends
Students elected to one of the Student Government Offices are eligible to receive a stipend valued at the amount of the cost for room and board (less other scholarships grants) for the fall and spring semesters during the period they are in office. Inquiries should be addressed to the SGA Office. Stipend eligibility will be determined by the successful completion of SGA Officer duties as evaluated by the CSU Dean of Students.
Student Leadership Scholarship
All graduates of SLU 101, 102, 201, 301 or 401 who meet CSU’s admission standards, and are full-time freshman are eligible to receive a scholarship of $2,000 per year for 4 years. Confirmation of completion is required for initial award. To maintain eligibility of the SLU award students must maintain a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average and be enrolled full-time.
Endowed & Funded Scholarships
These scholarships are made possible by caring friends of the University who desire that students have the opportunity to obtain a college education. Most are awarded to students enrolled full time and have specific criteria set by the donors. Contact the CSU Financial Aid Office at 843-863-7050 or by email at email@example.com.
These scholarships are available to sophomores who meet all qualifications designated by the ROTC Department. Scholarships will fund the full cost of tuition, fees and books for the junior and senior years. If you are interested in this program, you should contact 843-863-7148 for the Air Force ROTC and 843-270-9590 for the Army ROTC.
Yellow Ribbon CSU is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. If you apply to use Chapter 33 VA Educational Benefits you may be eligible to participate in this program if your Certificate of Eligibility shows that you are at the 100 percent rate. You need to notify the Veterans Services Coordinator at CSU that you plan to use Chapter 33 VA Educational Benefits no matter what percentage rate you may receive.
Veterans and Military Programs Any student who plans to use VA Educational Benefits should contact the CSU Veterans Services Coordinator. Active duty personnel eligible to use tuition assistance should contact the Education Services Office at the military base where they are stationed and our Student Accounts office at 843-863-8058. The CSU Veterans Services Coordinator assists students with VA educational benefits including Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. For more information visit our campus Veterans Services Office located in the Hunter Center or call 843-863-7050.
- CHAPTER 30: You are eligible for Chapter 30 VA Educational Benefits if you paid in $1200.00. If you have never used your benefit you will need to fill out a VA Form 1990 (obtained through CSU Military Services Coordinator’s Office), or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov by using VONAPP. In addition to your application you will need to submit copies of page 4 of your DD214’s, and if you paid in an additional $600.00 you will need to submit a copy (or copies) of pay sheets showing the total additional amount. Sometimes it’s easier to submit everything through the CSU Military Services Coordinator, that way Atlanta receives it submitted as a packet with your first certification. First-time users can expect a 60-90+ day wait in receiving benefit, but Atlanta will pay retro to day classes start. Under Chapter 30, veteran has to verify his/her enrollment at the end of each month, or the first few days of the following month. Verify either online using WAVE or call 1-888-GIBILL1. This will release your check. Under Chapter 30 you have 10 years from the date of your discharge (honorable) to use your benefits. The last semester you are in classes even if you have only 1 day of eligibility left, this chapter will pay for the entire semester. If you are transferring from another college you will need to fill out a VA Form 1995. Since you will already be in Atlanta’s system you should be paid at the beginning of the month following the month you attended classes. You will have to verify using WAVE.
- CHAPTER 1606: You are eligible for Chapter 1606 VA Educational Benefits if you are currently drilling or are in the active reserves. If you have never used your Chapter 1606 VA Educational Benefits, you will need to fill out a VA Form 1990 (available through CSU Military Services Coordinator’s Office), or apply online at www.gibill.va.gov by using VONAPP. In addition you will need to submit your Notice of Basic Eligibility form (available from your unit). First-time users can expect a 60-90+ day wait in receiving benefit, but Atlanta will pay retro to day classes start. Under Chapter 1606, veteran has to verify his/her enrollment at the end of each month, or the first few days of the following month. Verify either online using WAVE or call 1-888-GIBILL1.
- CHAPTER 1607: You are eligible for Chapter 1607 VA Educational Benefits (REAP) if you are a member of a Guard/Reserve component who serves on active duty after September 11, 2001, for a contingency operation and who served at least 90 consecutive days or more. Currently, qualifying members were called under: Sections 688, 12301 (a), 12302, 12304, 12305 and 12406 of Title 10 or Title 15, or any other provision of law during a war or national emergency as declared by the President or congress. Only Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have the authority to determine basic eligibility for REAP benefits. Individuals are eligible for benefits as long as they remain within their component. Individuals released from disability will have 10 years from the date of eligibility to use benefit.
- CHAPTER 31: You may be eligible for Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment). Under Chapter 31 you may be eligible for VA Educational Benefits if you have a service-related disability rating. You will need to make an appointment with VA Voc Rehab located at 4600 Goer Drive, Suite 110, North Charleston, SC 29406 or call 843-740-9114 and speak to a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. For more information go to benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp on your website. VA Voc Rehab will provide you with VA Form 22-1905 which you will bring to CSU’s Military Services Coordinator in the Hunter Center. Under this chapter I certify approximately two weeks before start of class. I provide a list of VA Voc Rehab students to the Business Office. You must show your CSU ID and a copy of your class schedule before purchasing books and supplies in the CSU Bookstore. Please make sure that you register for classes early if you plan to use your benefit.
- CHAPTER 33: For most current information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) please go to www.gibill.va.gov. You may apply online using VONAPP. If you have used any of your Chapter 30 benefits you will only transfer remaining months to Chapter 33. If you exhaust all of your Chapter 30 benefits and then apply for Chapter 33, you may be eligible for an additional 12 months of VA Educational Benefits for a total of 48 months max. Once you apply for Chapter 33 you cannot change your mind, because the bill is irrevocable. You have 15 years from time you get out of service to use Chapter 33, and your benefits may be transferred to spouse and children. The transfer of entitlement is a function of the DOD. You will need to fill out an Application For Transfer of Entitlement (TOE). Transfer of benefits may be made online at milconnect.dmdc.mil.
- CHAPTER 35: If you are the spouse or child of a veteran who is either deceased, or 100 percent totally and permanently disabled due to a service-connected injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service, you may be eligible for Chapter 35 VA Educational Benefits. A spouse may elect the effective date from the time of notification. Period of eligibility expires 10 years from date of election. A child can establish his/her eligibility between their 18th and 26th birthday. A child may elect effective date, notification date or any date in between. Period of eligibility expires 8 years from date of election. At CSU (a private college) if you are receiving VA Educational Benefits you will receive a check each month from VA prorated based on number of days per month you are in class. Please go to www.gibill.va.gov, click on Education, scroll down to Pay Rate and click, scroll down to Chapter 35 to see how much you will be paid while attending a private college. If you attend a state supported college, all tuition is paid. You should receive a letter from the state saying that you are eligible to attend a state college. It is good only at a state college.
Privately Funded Programs
Outside scholarships are given to students by outside organizations not necessarily affiliated with Charleston Southern University.
The James F. Byrnes Foundation
Applicants must be residents of South Carolina, have lost one or both parents by death, and demonstrate financial need. Applications deadline is February 15, and applications are available from: http://www.byrnesscholars.org/foundation/scholarships.php
Gavalas Kolanko Foundation
The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF) is proud to award scholarships to students with physical impairments (sight, hearing, movement) at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University. The scholarship can be renewed for up to a total of four years. A full application is required the first application year. Each of the following years a current transcript is required by the application deadline. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year, a transcript must be provided for the board to review. Application forms are available online at: http://www.gkfoundation.org/GKF_Scholarship.html
Goedeker’s College Book Scholarship
Win $500 for books! Write an essay about why attending college and your field of study are important. Include some personal insight into your background and your philosophy about learning. Application forms are available online at http://www.csuniv.edu/admissions/scholarships/outside.html
Goedeker’s College Public Service College Books Scholarship
Win $500 for books! Write an essay about why you personally deserve to be a scholarship recipient. Include some personal insight into your background and area of need. Application forms are available online at https://www.goedekers.com/college-scholarship
The C. G. Fuller Foundation Scholarship
Residents of South Carolina who are unable to pay their own tuition and who demonstrate good scholastic records and outstanding leadership are qualified candidates. Application forms are available at http://www.csuniv.edu/admissions/scholarships/CGFuller%20App.pdf
Christian Vocational Stipend
Baptist students planning a career in a full-time Christian vocation are eligible to apply for assistance through this work program. These stipends are provided by the South Carolina Baptist Convention to assist needy students. Applications are available at http://baptistfoundationsc.org/scholarships
The Dick Horne Foundation
Students from the Orangeburg area who demonstrate academic achievement and have financial need are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applications are available from:
Dick Horne Foundation
P.O. Box 306
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0306
The consulting firm of AES Engineers is committed to continuing its support of higher education by providing scholarships to deserving students. To be eligible, the student needs to answer one of the essay questions. We are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluating the essays that are submitted. Amount of award: $500. Deadline is early October of every year.
ASCO Numatics Engineering College Scholarship
ASCO Numatics will award two, $5,000 scholarships to engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate’s potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies. Scholarship recipients may be eligible for an ASCO Numatics internship. The deadline to apply is April.
AT&T $1,000 Scholarship
There used to be only two ways to watch TV: you either had a cable subscription or you had rabbit ears. Today there are numerous ways to watch TV, from a traditional cable TV package to web-based services like Hulu and Netflix. In fact, there are now many people who only watch TV on the Internet. Has the On-Demand revolution and shift to consuming media online affected you positively or negatively as a student? How? Apply twice per year for a chance to win!
William C. Horldt Scholarship
The Charleston Baptist Association Woman’s Missionary Union offers the William C. Horldt Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 ($1,000) to a worthy student attending Charleston Southern University.
CampusRN Scholarship Program Campus RN
CampusRN has launched a new scholarship program in conjunction with the creation of the CampusRN state edition network. This nationwide scholarship program is the most comprehensive of its kind for nursing programs and nursing students because it features scholarship winners from six different regions across the country in which CampusRN has launched state edition sites. CampusRN will award six $2500 scholarships to a needy and deserving nursing student in each region. The deadline for applications is May 1 of each year.
The Strom Thurmond Foundation Scholarship
Students from South Carolina who have good academic records and financial need are eligible to apply. Applications are available from:
Strom Thurmond Foundation
P.O. Box 682
Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Recipients are chosen in July of each year.
The J. E. Sirrine Scholarship Program
The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship was established in 1973 and provides scholarship assistance to high school seniors of the fourteen Greenville County high schools in Greenville, South Carolina, who have met the academic and financial need criteria as set forth in the Sirrine guidelines. A high school graduate may also apply for the Sirrine Scholarship up to three years after the date of graduation. The value of the scholarship ranges from $200 to $2,000, depending on the financial need, and may be used for an undergraduate degree program at any accredited four-year college, two-year college, technical or vocational school anywhere in the United States. The scholarships are renewable. Checks in the amount of the scholarship award are payable directly to the designated college and sent to the financial aid office of that institution. The application and a copy of the Student Aid Report must be postmarked no later than April 15th of each year and sent to:
The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship Program
Greenville County Schools
PO Box 2848
Greenville, SC 29602
Exchange Club Scholarship
The Exchange Club of Charleston offers a community-based scholarship every year to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate need, live in the tri-county area, have completed their freshman year of college and have a recent history of involvement in community service. The scholarship is awarded every November. For details please contact the Financial Aid Office at 843-863-7050 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship
The Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship was established to provide need-based financial assistance for full-time undergraduate women under the age of 30, who are residents of Ohio or South Carolina. The Scholarship committee will not consider applications not completed in their entirety and/or received after the deadline. Applications must be sent to:
Jane E. Hunter Scholarship
c/0 Key NonProfit Services
127 Public Square OH-01-27-1805
Cleveland, OH 44114-1306
Joye Scholarship Program
The Joye Law Firm is offering six $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in South Carolina who plan to attend a four-year institution of higher learning for the upcoming semester. Deadline date is mid-April of each year. For more information visit JoyeLawFirm.com.
MK School Allowance, Postsecondary - Formerly the Margaret Fund
Dependents of Southern Baptist Foreign Missionaries are eligible to receive assistance through the MK-SAPS. Applications are available from:
International Mission Board
Southern Baptist Convention
3806 Monument Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
The Ty Cobb Scholarship Program
Scholarship aid for needy and deserving youth of Georgia who have completed at least one year in an accredited institution of higher learning. For information, write:
Ty Cobb Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 725
Forest Park, GA 30051
Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship Program
Sunbelt Rentals in partnership with the Big South Conference established this scholarship for eligible minority students entering their final semester at CSU and other member institutions within the Big South Conference. The application and requirements/guidelines for this scholarship opportunity will be available every September and the deadline for application will be late-November or early-December. Information can be found at BigSouthSports.com.
The Christian Community Credit Union “Scholarships for Success” Program
The Christian Community Credit Union is offering multiple scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Members of the Christian Community Credit Union with an active checking account can receive up to $4,000/academic year as a full-time undergraduate student or up to $2,000/year as a full-time graduate student. https://www.mycccu.com/scholarship
The Oakville Therapist Scholarship
The Oakville Therapist Scholarship is a scholarship essay that is available to students that are pursuing a bachelor of arts in Psychology. Students that are seeking to pursue a career as a psychologist or therapist is eligible. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student that completes a 250-word essay on why you want to be a psychologist or therapist.
South Carolina Federal Credit Union Scholarship
South Carolina Federal Credit Union is hosting their fourth annual competition awarding three (3) scholarships totaling $7,500. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship
Students must be from South Carolina or Georgia and demonstrate financial need and academic merit. More information is available at www.watson-brown.org.
CGTrader is one of the world’s leading 3D model platforms and challenges students to write an essay to demonstrate how innovative technologies are enhancing our lives. CGTrader offers one $2,000 first-place scholarship and two $500 runner-up scholarships to the students that submit the best essays.
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
Applicants must have an annual adjusted gross income of $35,000 or less. Up to 50 percent of the awards are targeted to members of an ethnic-minority group or have a documents physical disability. More information is available at www.usafunds.org/planning/access_to_education_scholarship/index.htm
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
Females residing in the United States who have earned a high school diploma or GED on or before September 1997 are eligible to apply at www.scholarshipamerica.org/talbotswomen
National Transportation Week Incorporated Scholarship
Local sponsors of the National Transportation Week Incorporated Scholarship are offering up to ten (10) scholarships that range from $1,000 to $5,000 for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Affiliated members of NTW or students pursuing a degree in transportation, logistics, or supply chain management are eligible for this scholarship. For more information and the application, contact Liz Brabham with Wando Trucking Inc. at (843) 881-0144.
CJ Pony Parts Scholarship Video Contest
CJ Pony Parts is offering two (2) non-renewable $500 scholarship to students in the Spring 2017 semester and the Fall 2017 semester. This scholarship is open to all fields of study and majors. Students must create a short video on one of the five topics www.consumeressentials.com/Scholarship/www.consumeressentials.com/Scholarship/listed on the scholarship website. Deadlines and submission information can be found at: www.cjponyparts.com/cj-pony-parts-scholarship-video-contest
Consumer Essentials Online Marketing Scholarship
Consumer Essentials wants to help give back by providing one individual with initiative, passion and charisma an academic scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. Consumer Essentials is offering one (1) $1,000 scholarship to a student studying Business or Information Technology. The 1,500-word essay should discuss what you believe the future of online marketing is. Deadline to submit the essay is June 30th, 2017. Visit the scholarship website for more information.
The Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation Religious Scholars Program
The Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation is offering fifty $5,000 scholarships for our graduate students that are studying to go into the Ministry. As part of their mission to Protect the Greater Good, the foundation believes helping young, vibrant religious leaders today will ensure strong faith-based communities of tomorrow. The Religious Scholars Program is open to full-time students across the country who are in an advanced degree seeking religious studies program. Students serving in their final year of an internship program are also eligible to apply. Students across all denominations are encouraged to apply.
Employer Scholarship Program
Many companies have scholarship programs for their employees and/or their dependents. Students and parents should check with the personnel office of their company to see if such benefits are available.
Private loans are available to degree-seeking students who need additional funds to meet the Cost of Attendance. They are only awarded after the student has received a Stafford loan. Students applying for an alternative loan may borrow up to the total budget for the current academic year. These loans are in the student’s name (possible co-signer needed) and approved based on the borrower’s credit and work history. The interest rates on these loans are variable, and most go into repayment six months after the separation date. To view alternative loan information view this website at http://www.csuniv.edu/admissions/loans/private.html
My Payment Plan
My Payment Plan offers choices for financing your education including monthly payments plans and e-payment options. Please visit your MyCSU account (under the student tab) for more information.
Additional Scholarship Opportunities
Military Education Scholarships
Applicants must be one of the following:
- Current and prospective ROTC program students
- Active duty Military personnel with plans to attend college
- Honorably Discharged Veterans of the U.S. Military
- Sons and daughters of Veterans or active duty Military
Application forms are available online at http://www.csuniv.edu/admissions/scholarships/outside.html
Academic Scholarships Merit-based scholarships are awarded by Charleston Southern University to degree-seeking students who are enrolled full-time. The scholarship amount is determined by the student’s GPA and SAT/ACT score at the time of high school graduation. The scholarship amount may change based on financial need and residency status. This award can be renewed each year by maintaining satisfactory academic progress.