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Summer State Scholarship FAQ’s

Q. Can all state scholarships be used in summer?
A. LIFE, Palmetto Fellows and Enhancement Scholarships can be used, for those that are eligible and enrolled in 12 credit hours.  HOPE cannot be used in summer.

Q. What amount will I receive?
A. LIFE eligible students will receive $2500. Palmetto Fellows eligible students will receive $3750. Enhancement eligible students will receive $1250.

Q. Who is eligible?
A. Any student who meets their state scholarship eligibility at the end of spring term may use a semester of their state scholarship terms in summer as long as they are enrolled in 12 credit hours and have not exceeded their 8 terms of eligibility.

Q. Do all 12 credit hours have to be in one summer term?
A. No, you can be enrolled in multiple summer terms as long as you are enrolled in 12 credit hours total.

Q. What if my class gets cancelled in one of the summer sessions or I drop a class in one of the summer sessions and I’m no longer enrolled in a total of 12 hours?
A. You will not be eligible to receive a state scholarship for summer and any disbursed funds will be cancelled.  When your scholarship is cancelled, you will be required to pay back any scholarship funds you have received for summer.

Q. How do I apply?
A.  Complete the Summer School Financial Aid Application (http://finaid.cofc.edu/download-forms/index.php)

Q. Can I make up my scholarship deficiency over summer?
A. Yes, but you may not use LIFE or Palmetto Fellows funding in the summer term.

Q. Can I use my Enhancement Scholarship?
A. Yes, if you are in an eligible, declared major and met the 14 credit hour requirement prior to the first day of your first registered summer term.

Q.  Will my renewal criteria be different if I attend summer?
A. No, attending summer does not change the total number of earned hours required for state scholarship renewal. 

Q.  If I attend and use my state scholarship this summer do I have to attend summer school next year?
A. No.  Participation in the summer state scholarship program does not constitute commitment for the following summer.  Summer participation will count as using a term of eligibility.

Q.  Will I graduate in 3 years?
A.  Participation in summer does not guarantee accelerated graduation, but provides the opportunity for early graduation.

Q. Is summer an extra term of eligibility in addition to my 4 years?        
A. No, participating in summer will not extend the 8 total semesters of potential eligibility.  Participating in summer will count as using a term of eligibility.

Q.  If I attend 12 hours in summer, do I have to use my state scholarship?
A. No, participation is voluntary. 

Q.  Can I take classes at another institution and receive my state scholarship either at CofC or the other institution?
A. No.  You must be enrolled in 12 credit hours at CofC to participate.

Q.  Is housing covered?
A.  No, your state scholarship is applied directly towards your tuition charges.

Q.  Are meal plans covered?
A.  No, your state scholarship is applied directly towards your tuition charges.

Q.  Does the scholarship pay for books over the summer?
A.  No, your state scholarship is applied directly towards your tuition charges.

Q.  Can I take online classes?
A. Any classes offered through CofC, downtown, the North Campus or online will count towards the 12 credit hours required to participate.

Q. Can I use my state scholarship to study away?
A.  You may use your state scholarship if you are registered through CofC for 12 credit hours and the study away program is approved by the Center for International Education as an approved program.

Q. What if my GPA drops below a 3.0 at the end of summer?
A.  You will remain eligible for the following fall & spring terms, as long as you are enrolled full time.  You will have the opportunity to bring your GPA back up to a 3.0 by the end of the following spring term. 

Q.  May I use loans?
A.  If you have remaining loan eligibility from the previous academic year, you may use any remaining loan funds in summer.  Your Parent may borrow from the PLUS loan program.  If you are interested in student or Parent PLUS loans, you must indicate on your Summer School Financial Aid Application that you wish to borrow for summer. 

Q. May I use my Pell grant?
A. No, Pell grants are not available in summer if you attended full time in the previous fall & spring.

Q.  When do I complete the Summer School Financial Aid Application to let you know that I want to participate in the summer state scholarship program?
A.  After you have registered in 12 credit hours for summer, you may submit the Summer School Financial Aid Application found on our website: http://finaid.cofc.edu/download-forms/index.php

 

Eligibility for summer state scholarship awards can only be determined after spring grades post.

 

Please note: participating in summer will use a semester of your state scholarship eligibility.  It does not grant you an additional term beyond 8 semesters.  If your graduation plan will take you longer than 8 semesters, we strongly encourage you to decide if summer participation is the best course of action for your academic goals.  If the coursework offered in summer does not fulfill your degree requirements, we strongly encourage you to work with your academic advisor to decide if summer participation is recommended. 

Attending full time over the summer can be exhausting and lead to burnout.  You are expected to complete the same amount of work in each summer class in a shorter amount of time.  Please be cautious in deciding if summer participation is the best fit for you.  Every student is different and every situation is unique.  You must decide if summer participation is right for you. 

If you need to work over the summer, we do not recommend that you participate in the summer state scholarship program.