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Special Instructions for Incoming Freshmen

If you plan to attend the College of Charleston, you must complete the following steps in order to be considered for financial assistance:

  1. If you intend to apply for Private, Local, National, and Other Scholarships and Resources you may want to begin that process in October.
  2. Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID# for student and each parent ( prior to October 1. For more information on how to create your FSA ID you may watch a video here.
  3. Current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available October 1. The 2015 Federal Tax Return data will be used to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. The priority deadline to apply for the fall semester is March 1. Applications submitted after June 1 for the fall semester or November 15 for the spring semester will be processed; however, aid may not be available by the first day of classes.
  4. Once FAFSA sends you an acknowledgement email that your FAFSA was successfully processed, review your student aid report (SAR) for errors and make any necessary corrections online. Please double check the following information to ensure that it is correct:
    1. SSN
    2. Date of Birth
    3. First Name
    4. Last Name
  5. If you are applying for early notification the Admissions deadline is November 1. Your application and all materials must be submitted online, e-mailed, or postmarked by this date. Be aware of private scholarship deadlines.
  6. The Admission deadline to apply for freshman admission if you want to be considered for CofC merit-based scholarships is December 1, your application and all materials must be submitted online, e-mailed or postmarked by this date. Grades, test scores or other talents determine eligibility for merit-based scholarships.
    1. Institutional scholarship awards are posted in MyCharleston and award letter email notifications are sent to students no later than March 4.
  7. Student must have been admitted to a degree granting program of study at the College of Charleston to be eligible for Federal financial aid.
  8. Review your Eligibility Link in MyCharleston for financial aid file information and missing requirements.
  9. Freshmen are notified of federal awards through MyCharleston no later than April 15. You will need to accept or decline each award not already marked as accepted, then press the submit button at the bottom of the page. Compare total cost minus financial aid at the schools where you were accepted.
  10. Deadline to accept admission to College of Charleston and pay deposit is May 1. Your deposit confirms acceptance of the scholarship award.

Undergraduate students enrolled in a degree-seeking program may be considered for financial assistance. Undergraduate students admitted as non-degree students are not eligible for federal or state aid but may qualify for special aid programs through the Office of Transfer Admissions and Adult Student Services.