USCB Family Programs

Dear Sand Shark Family Members,

Welcome to USCB! We are so glad that your students have chosen to attend USCB. We understand what a valuable role you play in your student’s academic journey. Our students do not attend USCB alone, they bring all of your support and guidance with them. We also know that the transition to college is just as difficult for our student’s families as it is for them.

We hope that USCB’s Family programs will support you in this big transition and assist you in supporting your student to thrive at USCB. On this page, you will find information about our Family Newsletter, upcoming family events, frequently ask questions, and resources to support you.

The Office of New Student and Transition Programs exists to answer your questions and be a resource. Please do not hesitate to reach out. You can reach us by emailing or by calling 843-208-8024. Please let us know if there is anything you need!

Fins Up!
Laura Bessent
Director of New Student and Transition Programs

USCB Family Events

Family Weekend

Save the date for Family Weekend 2024- October 4th & 5th

Save the Date for USCB Family Weekend, Friday, October 4th and Saturday, October 5th 2024

*Family Weekend Schedule of Activities will be posted soon!

Where to Stay for Family Weekend!

USCB has partnered with hotels in the Beaufort and Bluffton areas to provide you with a discounted rate for your Family Weekend Stay!


Tru by Hilton, 3664 Trask Pkwy, Beaufort, SC 29906- Type Code 3288419 into the Corporate Account Box under Special Rates


Hampton Inn, 29 William Pope Dr, Bluffton, SC 29909- Use Code 003150650

Extended Stay America, 108 Seagrass Station Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910- Call 843-936-8838 and mention USCB during booking

Hilton Head

Hilton Garden Inn, 1575 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926- Use USCB Booking Link

USCB Family Orientation

At USCB we understand how important families are in the lives of our students. We also know sending your student to college is as much a transition for you as it is for them. This is why offer sessions for families during our Optional Summer Orientation Program Sand Shark Boot Camp. 

You can find out more information about Sand Shark Boot Camp here. 

Family Farewell and New Student Welcome

Saturday, August 17th, 2024

Each year on New Student Move-in we invite our new students and their families to celebrate the new journey a head at our Family Farewell and New Student Welcome. Students will meet their Orientation Leaders and families will be treated to delicious bar-b-que courtesy of campus dining. After the picnic, students will have the opportunity to formally say farewell to their families and supporters prior to beginning Shark School.

Letter to Our Sand Shark Program

College can be difficult and sometimes our student just need to know that they have the support of their loved ones. Write a letter to your Sand Shark and will send it to them during midterms! All family members who attend one of our in-person events will have the opportunity to write their Sand Shark a post card. We know that not all of our student's family members have the opportunity to travel so you can also submit your letter eletronically here.

Family Resources

The USCB Family Newsletter is a resource to keep family members up to date about what is going on around campus and provides families with tips for supporting their student. The newsletter goes out monthly during the fall and spring semesters and once over the summer. You can sign up to receive the newsletter using our USCB Family Listserv Registration Form.

USCB Family Newsletter Archive

  • Sand Shark Families 101- As you might anticipate your relationship with your student may change after they start college. Here are a few tips to make that transition easier for you!
    • Attend the Family Info Session either in-person or virtually before your students starts USCB and come to as many of our Family Events listed in our events section as you can. This will help you keep in touch with your student and their academic journey.
    • Sign up for a read our monthly Family Newsletter so you are up to date on what is going on on campus.
    • Don’t forget about FERPA! Many parents and family members want to find out their student's grades, ask about their student's performance, or check on their student's finances. Access to all of these is protected under the federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), which places limits on the right to review educational records. Once students are enrolled, regardless of age, you will not have access to their educational information unless your student specifically grants it to you.
    • Talk with your student about money early and often. Help them setup a budget so they can practice good financial wellness. If your student is going to need a job they can start their search on our Career Services Webpage.
    • Treat your student as an adult. When they come to you with problems, help them problem solve a solution. Suggest they reach out to resources on campus that can help them.
    • Keep up with our Academic Calendar each semester so you can keep up with important dates.
    • Be aware that course load and rigor changes from high school to college, and even college to college. Courses may be more demanding at USCB and students' grades may vary from what they are used to. Remind your student of the great resources and services USCB has to offer.
  • Where to stay- Beaufort County is a wonderful place to visit. Here we have listed some of our favorite hotels that offer great rates to our USCB family.
    • Beaufort
      Tru by Hilton, 3664 Trask Pkwy, Beaufort, SC 29906 - Type Code 3288419 into the Corporate Account Box under Special Rates
    • Bluffton
      Hampton Inn, 29 William Pope Dr, Bluffton, SC 29910 - Use Code 003150650
      Extended Stay America, 108 Seagrass Station Rd, Bluffton, SC 29910 - Call 843-936-8838 and mention USCB during booking
    • Hilton Head
      Hilton Garden Inn, 1575 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 - Use USCB Booking Link
  • Glossary of terms- College is a new world with a lot of new lingo. Your student may come home on break and you may feel like they are speaking a new language. USCB has put together a guide of commonly used terms in college to help you speak their language.

    USCB Glossary of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Bursar's Office

Fee payment dates and deadlines can be found on the Bursar's Office webpage

If the student has accepted all terms and conditions and has completed all necessary steps in receiving their financial aid, it will automatically apply towards the students tuition bill.

Yes, but a student will have to save their checking account as a saved payment method on their SSC account, and have the account verified prior to using the account to pay for tuition and fees.

Login to your SSC account, Select Account Information, then Payment Gateway, then select on Authorized users.

Career Services

Handshake is USCB’s career management system. Students can claim their accounts, create their profiles, and search for job opportunities.

Your student can set up an appointment through Handshake in the career services section of their account.

USCB Career Services has resources available to assist students creating resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles. These resources can be accessed through Handshake in the career services section of their account.

Students can set up mock interview appointments through their Handshake account in the career services section. Students may also take advantage of Big Interview, an online interviewing tutorial system.

USCB Career Services has many resources for students on the Career Services website. Be sure to have your student check the Upcoming Events page to be up-to-date about on campus and virtual recruiting activities!

Counseling an Accessibility Services

Yes, all currently enrolled students have access to free counseling at USCB. Information about how to access Counseling Services can be found here

Our office of Accessibility Services supports students who are eilgible for accomodations. Information about how to register for accomdations can be foud here

Financial Aid

You have to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are eligible for Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Federal Work Study and Student Loans. Many scholarships require a FAFSA to be on file with the school to determine eligibility.

  • The Financial Aid/VA office uses the USCB Admissions application to determine institutional scholarship eligibility.  There are initial eligibility criteria a student must meet to qualify. These scholarships are offered until funds are depleted, usually by March of each year.
  • All students can apply for the USCB Donor Scholarships. The online application is available in early January and closes March 1.
  • is a great source for finding external scholarships.

You can view your financial aid offer on Self Service Carolina (SSC). Select Financial Aid> Financial Aid Dashboard>Award Year>USC BFT Campus>Award Offer Tab.

The Bursar’s office will make your bill available to view in Self  Service Carolina. To access your billing information, select Account Information>Account Detail for Term.  Once all aid has been accepted and requirements have been completed, aid will be shown as memoed/authorized. The memoed/authorized aid will reduce the amount of the bill and a balance will be displayed.

A parent can opt to apply for a Federal Parent PLUS loan at to assist with the expense. A private loan is another option.

The FAFSA is the application for Federal Student Loans .  There are two types of Federal Student Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized.

  • A federal subsidized student loan is offered to eligible students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Student Aid Index (SAI). The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on subsidized loans while the student is in school.
  • A federal unsubsidized student loan is offered to all FAFSA eligible students. The interest begins to accrue once the first disbursement is made to the school.

Housing and Student Conduct

Move-in day for Fall 2024 is Saturday, August 17th for all incoming students. 

Bluffton Campus
Resident's Name
13 South Campus Drive
Resident's Mailbox Number
Bluffton, SC 29909

Beaufort Campus
Resident's Name
801 Carteret Street
Resident's Box Number
Beaufort, SC 29902

Yes all USCB residence halls allow guests and overnight visitation. For overnight guests, a form must be completed (including guest vehicle information if driving), signed by all roommates and returned to housing 24 hours before your guest arrives. A "guest" is described as anyone who does not live in that apartment. Overnight guest forms are available in the Housing Office during business hours.

Registrar's Office

Cap & Gown purchases are handled through our Bookstore. A Grad Fair is hosted by the Bookstore, however students who cannot attend the Grad Fair may still purchase regalia online. More information about purchasing cap & gowns can be found here.

USCB holds a Commencement ceremony at the end of each Fall & Spring semester. Students who are finishing degree requirements in the Summer semester have the option participate in our Spring ceremony or our Fall ceremony. More information about Commencement can be found here.

FERPA stands for The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974. This legislation regulates the release of and access to student records. Under FERPA there are certain data that is considered Public/Directory Information and some that are considered Private Information. Data that is considered Private Information may not be shared with any individual other than the student. A student may grant access to an individual by completing our Release of Student Information Form. More can be learned about FERPA here.

Official transcripts are handled and processed through the Registrar’s Office at the UofSC Columbia campus for the entire UofSC System. Students can order an official transcript through their Self-Service Carolina. More information can be found here.