Student Consumer Information
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires colleges and universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs to disclose certain information to current and prospective students, and university employees. This site was developed to provide these disclosures in one coherent location. Please follow the links below for information on each of the topics listed; a general description of each is also provided. For questions, please contact the appropriate office.
Other Information and Resources
Confidentiality of Student Records
Health and Safety
- Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
- Descriptions of facilities and services available for students with disabilities at USC are provided.
Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
- The University of South Carolina annually calculates information relating to the diversity of its students.
Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure of Institution and Programs
- This information is provided for transfer students; additional information is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Copyright Infringement – Policies and Sanctions
- A list of all agencies that accredit The University of South Carolina and its specific programs is provided.
Teacher Preparation Program Report
- The University maintains a web site dedicated to issues related to copyright, including policies and legal ramifications.
- The University Department of Student Life provides a thorough description of the activities and extracurricular opportunities for USC students.
- The University of South Carolina Bookstore provides information on what textbooks students will need for the classes they select.
- The University of South Carolina provides information regarding its educational programs.
- The University of South Carolina provides information regarding its institutional facilities.
- The University of South Carolina provides information regarding its faculty.
Career and Job Placement Services
- The University of South Carolina provides institutional computer policies and guidance.
- The University’s Career Center provides a variety of services and assistance for students.
OTHER INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
- As a participant in Federal Title IV Student Financial Aid programs, the University of South Carolina is required to provide students with information about voter registration. More information is available through the Department of Student Life.
- In accordance with federal statute and regulation, the University annually recognizes and celebrates Constitution Day on September 17th. Announcement of the scheduled event is communicated to the public via the University’s web page, www.sc.edu/news.
Contact Information for Assistance in Obtaining Financial Aid Information
Financial Aid Practices at the University of South Carolina
- The University of South Carolina has a very active financial aid program. In addition to the contact information provided, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ Director, Senior Associate Director or Associate Director should be able to assist you in finding the information desired.
Price of attendance
- The University wants students to know: how to apply for aid; how aid eligibility is determined; how financial aid is distributed; the rights and responsibilities of an aid recipient; how aid is disbursed; student employment information; the satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid eligibility; and information about financial aid for study abroad programs.
Net Price Calculator
- In addition to the information provided, feel free to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information on costs of attending the University of South Carolina.
Refund Policy and Return of Federal Financial Aid
- By October 2011, the University of South Carolina will provide a net price calculator intended to assist students in estimating their net cost of attendance.
Requirements/Procedures for Withdrawal
- The University’s policies and procedures for calculating fees refunds or mandated return of federal financial aid are provided. For additional information, please contact the Office of the Bursar.
Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
- The University’s policies and procedures for withdrawing are explained; for more information, please contact the University Registrar.
Student Financial Assistance Opportunities
- The University adheres to the regulated requirements for federal and state aid programs that include penalties for drug law violations associated with financial aid eligibility.
Non-SC State Grant Assistance
- The University of South Carolina participates in federal, state, and private student financial aid programs and provides institutional aid as well.
Student Loan Information
- The University of South Carolina provides this link to contact information for other states’ higher education assistance authorities so that non-residents can pursue assistance from their home states if appropriate.
Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers
- The University wants student borrowers and potential borrowers to be knowledgeable regarding the rights and responsibilities associated with educational debt. Included in this information are specifics about loan repayment deferment opportunities
Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
- The University supports the requirement that students receive information, advisement, and counseling before making their initial loan.
Institutional Code of Conduct for Educational Loan Administration
- The University supports the requirement that students receive informative advisement about their loans when they leave the University.
National Student Loan Data System
- The University’s code of conduct regarding educational loan administration and relationships with potential lenders is available for review.
- A link to the National Student Loan Data System is provided to assist students in keeping track of their educational debt level, loan interest rates, who is servicing their loans and other repayment related information.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS
Privacy of Student Records - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows students to have access to their individual educational records, provides basic protections of privacy of their records, and allows for the request that certain “directory information” be kept confidential. Additional information regarding FERPA is available through the University Registrar. The University’s policy regarding the handling of students’ records and FERPA is available at http://www.sc.edu/policies/acaf303.pdf.
- The University provides retention rates for students categorized in several different ways. Average freshman to sophomore retention rates are also provided
- The University provides graduation rates.
- The University gathers data from graduates, such as survey response rates, employment rates, and graduate/professional school attendance rates, that it hopes will be helpful to current and prospective students
Equity in Athletics Disclosure
Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid
- The University is required to annually report on athletic program participation rates and financial support provided to operate each of its athletic programs. This link will take you to the Equity in Athletics web page; you will have to select the institution(s) about which you want information. For more information or a paper copy of the data included in this report, contact the University’s Department of Athletics.
- The University reports annually on the graduation rates of students receiving grant-in-aid support for their participation in intercollegiate athletics. For more information regarding the data included in this report, contact the University’s Department of Athletics.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
- The University is required to annually prepare and distribute to all University students, faculty, and staff information regarding its alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs.
Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics, and Crime Log
- The University makes available information relating to required vaccinations and immunizations.
Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics, and Fire Log
- The University annually provides a report which provides a detailed disclosure of information regarding campus security practices and crime statistics for the preceding year. Additional information and the University’s crime log are available in the Office of Law Enforcement and Safety.
- The University annually provides a report which discloses campus fire safety policies, fire prevention activity data, and any fire-related incident that occurs with on-campus housing. Additional information is available from the Office of Law Enforcement and Safety.
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