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Financial Aid & VA Services

USC Sumter recognizes that a college education is a major expense in most family budgets. It is important to know that there are many federal, state, local and institutional sources available to help students meet those expenses.

How to Apply

The Palmetto College Central Financial Aid Office is a centralized resource for students attending any of the four Palmetto College campuses. On their website, you can find out more about the types of aid available and the eligibility requirements.

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State Certification Instructions

2024-25 FAFSA and Award Notifications


As a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act of 2021, the 2024-25 FAFSA has been changed significantly to improve and expand access to federal student aid. Due to the number of changes, the FAFSA application was not available until late December 2023. 


The Department of Education will begin releasing 2024-25 FAFSA information to schools in mid-March 2024, over the course of several weeks. 


USC Sumter Financial Aid hopes to receive all of these FAFSAs by early April and begin any needed review and outreach. 


USC Sumter Financial Aid will begin notifying students of their financial aid eligibility as soon as possible after the US Department of Education releases all pending 2024-25 FAFSAs to us. Students will be notified of any financial aid through their university email. 


We recognize the challenges presented by this timeline and will do all that we can to make financial aid awards available as soon as possible.

Please feel free to contact our Military Services Counselor, Savannah Williams at or 803-938-3800 if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. 

The Federal Work Study Program provides students with financial need part-time employment to assist with the costs of postsecondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage. To receive FWS, a degree-seeking student should complete a FAFSA application to determine eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid office at 

or 803-938-3840 with any questions.




Work Study Positions

Light office work (filing, phones, meet and greet students, faculty/staff and issue appropriate equipment).  Help promote and implement Student Life and recreation programs.  Enforce department and University regulations, policy and procedures.  Employees may serve in both areas, Student Union and Nettles Gym as assigned when needed.  People skills are mandatory.  Background in activities, recreation recommended.  Work can be indoors or outdoors, depending on the program and need. 

Greet students and direct them to an available financial aid counselor. If no counselor is available, take messages from students. Assists students with basic financial aid processes.   Performs general office tasks such as copying and filing.  This position requires a high degree of confidentiality due to the private nature of the information in this office.

Students must be able to deal with the public.  You must be available to work some evenings and weekend hours if applicable.  The students that are selected for these positions will be trained and expected to work in both the library and the computer lab.  Students must become knowledgeable enough to be able to assist patrons in locating and using library materials.  Other related duties as assigned.

Assist the lab manager in setting up equipment and supplies for labs, preparation of chemicals and solutions.  Washing and re-shelving glassware, equipment and supplies.  Cleaning and maintaining water bottles and all lab benches.  Assist in the division office duties to include copy work, sorting mail, obtaining office supplies and other tasks assigned by faculty.  This job offers excellent experience for someone interested in a Science degree.

File, answer telephone, take messages, instruct use of VIP on-line registration system, assist students and staff with inquiries, maintain supply of forms for records and registration office.  Assist coordinator with data entry such as immunization records, change of area of concentration and others as assigned.  Assist students with transcript request forms and fax transcript request forms.  Other duties as assigned.
 The student in this position will be required to perform basic office type duties such as answering the telephone and taking messages, helping students sign in properly, accepting OSP applications, creating and maintaining student files, form letters and group mailings, filing, copying, creating newsletters, assisting in the planning, execution and clean up of OSP functions such as lunches, meetings, trips, etc.  The student performing these duties will need to have strong people skills, a basic knowledge of office procedures, basic computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft office software, good organizational skills, typing and filing skills.  This person needs to be punctual, dependable and flexible with the work schedule.  The nature of the OSP program would require most importantly that any employee have the ability to keep all information confidential. 
 This position involves manual labor. Basic knowledge of computers, office applications, and information technology preferred.  Prefer those willing to learn about audio/visual equipment. Duties include: Keeping campus computers up to date, assisting IT Director and Technicians, and computer troubleshooting. Those skilled in IT or interested in a career in IT preferred. 
Must be able to teach basic skills needed to live a self-sufficient life to students.  Must be able to teach students how to improve their education through family literacy tutoring so they will be able to receive their GED or diploma.  Assist the Community Education Coordinator with various functions that provide low-income individuals with more education so that they can succeed in life. 

Front desk duties, such as answering phone calls, filing, maintaining daily sign-in logs, and orienting veteran students to appropriate areas for assistance

Assist veteran students with the initial application process for VA education benefits and submitting institutional documents as required

Assist with coordinating and organizing veteran students’ activities and events on campus and in the community

Assist veteran students when needed with the overall process of student support services from admission services to the graduation process for each semester

Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on how to apply and available positions. 803-938-3840 or