Federal Aid

The school code for USCB: 003450

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded grant that serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant is based on need as determined by federal law and calculated from the financial information that students and their parents provide on the FAFSA.

With year-round Pell, students may now receive additional Pell grant funding for the summer semester as long as they continue to meet the regular eligibility requirements and enroll at least half-time (6 credit hours). Receiving the additional Pell does not reduce the amount students can receive for the next academic year.

Pell Grant Duration of Eligibility

A student's eligibility to receive a Pell Grant has been reduced from 18 full-time semesters or its equivalent to 12 full-time semesters or its equivalent. This provision applies to all Pell Grant eligible students and includes all years of receipt of Pell Grant funding. Thus, the calculation of this total will include previous semesters/quarters at USCB or at any other school, including community colleges, where a Pell Grant was paid.

Auto-Zero EFC Income Threshold

The income threshold for calculating the automatic zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $27,000 or less for the 2022-2023 award year.

Maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for which a student is eligible to receive a Pell Grant is 6205 during the 2022-2023 academic year. Students with an EFC of 6206 or higher will not be eligible for a Pell Grant for the 2022-23 academic year.

Pell Grants

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are federally funded grants awarded to some undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Recipients must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant and not have earned a bachelor's degree. SEOG does not have to be repaid.

Application requires submission of the FAFSA. FAFSA results received by the USCB Office of Financial Aid/VA by March 1st will receive priority consideration. Follow-up documents, if required, should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid/VA promptly to ensure consideration for these funds. Funding is limited and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.


Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study Program gives students an opportunity for part-time positions on campus and off campus with community service agencies. Work-study funds are limited, and the awarding of work-study depends on the availability of funds. To be eligible for employment under this federal program, you must file the FAFSA and indicate that you are interested in work-study. 

Federal Work-Study Program

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Students who are not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

Contact the Office of Financial Aid

Office Locations

Beaufort campus:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sandstone Building, Room 117
fax: 843-521-3194

Bluffton campus:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Hargray Building, Room 124
fax: 843-208-8290

Mailing Address
University of South Carolina Beaufort
Office of Financial Aid
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902