Paying for College

  • Prepare Early & Know What to Expect

    "How am I going to pay for college" is a common question many students ask. Fortunately, SCC's tuition is the lowest in the region and there are several options for assistance that you may be eligible for. Be proactive and take the necessary steps to determine which funds are available to you.

    Getting Started

    Be proactive and take the necessary steps to determine which funds are available to you.  This includes taking the following actions:

    1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. Read these instructions on how to complete the FAFSA, in advance, so you're ready and prepared to apply! The priority deadline to complete FAFSA for Fall Semester is May 1. This means you will be considered for all of the financial aid awards available and ensures that any awards granted to you are applied to your account for Fall semester. However, you can apply for financial aid after this date, but all of the financial aid options may not be available and there is no guarantee that funding awarded to you will be applied to your account prior to the tuition and fees payment deadline. You should complete the FAFSA, even if you don't think you will qualify for any aid. Most forms of aid require you complete the FAFSA and you could miss out on an aid opportunity, if you did not complete a FAFSA.


    2. Simple steps for transferring your tax information on to your FAFSA form.
    The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) Electronically Transfers Your Federal Tax Return Information in to Your FAFSA Form.

    Why should I use it?

    • It's easy: Your tax information will be transferred with the click of a button.
    • It's fast: You information will instantly be retrieved.
    • It's Accurate: You can be assured  that your information will be filled in correctly.
    How do I use it?
       1. Log in to your current FAFSA form or start a new application at
       2. In the finances section of the online form, you will see a “Link to IRS” button if you are eligible to use the IRS DRT.
       3. Click the “Link to IRS” button and log in with your FSA ID to be transferred to the IRS to retrieve your info.
       4. Once at the IRS site, enter your information exactly as it appears on your federal income tax return and click the     

           “Submit” button.
       5. Check the “Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA form” box and click the “Transfer Now” button.
       6. You will know that your federal tax return information has been successfully transferred because the words “Transferred from the IRS” will display in place of the IRS information on your FAFSA form and for your protection,
      your tax information will not be displayed on either the IRS site or the FAFSA site.
     The IRS DRT can be used by both students and parents. To learn more about the IRS DRT, visit:


    3. Look into the many scholarship options and complete those requirements. Every year, there are thousands of dollars of scholarship funds that never get distributed because people do not apply for them! So it is worth the effort.


    4. The Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan is sponsored by the State of South Carolina and administered by South Carolina State Treasure Curtis Loftis Office. Future Scholar is designed to help families jump-start saving for college while enjoying federal and state tax benefits.

    For more detailed information on financial aid, view or download the SCC Financial Aid & Scholarship Guide and the links in the left-hand column. If you still have questions or need assistance, contact the financial aid office at (864) 592-4810 or

    Continuing Education Cost and Tuition

    If you are looking for tuition assistance to attend a course in the Corporate & Community Education Division, assistance may be available through partner agencies. Click here to learn more.

    John and Putsy Wardlaw Student Emergency Fund Request

    Current students who find themselves in a difficult financial situation at SCC often seek monetary relief through SCC's Emergency Fund Request.  Based on specific hardship circumstances and available funds (up to $500) we will make every effort to assist a student with one-time emergency needs through a designated Foundation fund.

    Sherry Vaughn Book Fund Request

    There are times when students find themselves in a difficult financial situation and seek monetary relief through the SCC Foundation (SCCF).  Over the years, SCC Foundation has raised private dollars to create an specific fund designated to assist students with the cost of textbooks that are purchased through the Book Inn, SCC campus bookstore in the amount up to 85% of total book cost, not to exceed $500.

    If you are a SCC student who is requesting financial support to purchase textbooks, please complete the Book Fund Application form.