A student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to be eligible for federal or State of South Carolina student aid. The general requirement for eligible non-citizens is they are in the U.S. for other than a temporary purpose with the intention of becoming a citizen or lawful permanent resident as evidenced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To be considered for financial assistance through the Office of Financial Aid, you must have one of the following citizenship or eligible resident classifications:
Individuals with F-1, F-2, or M-1 Student Visas, B-1 or B-2 Visitor Visa; J-1 or J-2 Exchange Visitor Visa; H or L series Visas (which allow temporary employment in the U.S.), or a G series Visa (pertaining to international organizations), or a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), an I-94 stamped "Temporary Protected Status" or an approved Form I-797 "Application for Voluntary Departure under The Family Unity Program" ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for any financial assistance administered by this office.
Students applying for federal Title IV aid as eligible non-citizens whose citizenship status is not confirmed on the SAR must provide The Office of Financial Aid with documentation. The Office of Financial Aid will then initiate a secondary confirmation with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This confirmation must be received before students can be awarded any aid.
The following are only suggestions and not the responsibility of the Office of Financial Aid. Students should also contact the department in which they plan to study to check for departmental scholarships, assistantships, or stipends. International students should research companies, organizations, or the government from their home country as possible sources of funding. In most cases, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services strictly prohibits students from working off-campus during the first year of study. An international student should not expect to fund a large portion of his or her expenses by working.
This list is only suggestive. The Office of Financial Aid does not endorse or confirm the business practices of any organization.
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