Graduate Student Information
Beginning July 1, 2012
Graduate students will not be eligible for SUBSIDIZED Stafford Loans
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan eligibility will remain in place
Graduate students who are fully admitted and degree-seeking may be eligible to receive funds from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and list Coastal Carolina University's Federal School Code (003451). Students should be sure to pay attention to the year for which the FAFSA must be completed, as there are time periods that two different academic year FAFSA forms are available simultaneously online.
The priority date for filing the FAFSA is March 1st.
FAFSA's may be completed electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Prior to filing electronically, you must obtain a PIN number to use in signing your application. You may request a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. Students must reapply each year to be considered for aid for the following academic year.
Graduate students are eligible for a maximum of $20,500 per year in a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan funds, depending on the student's cost of attendance (determined by the University), and assistance they may receive through other financial aid programs. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours per term to be eligible to receive federal student loans. Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling is required for all students who wish to receive this type of loan and must be complete before funds will be disbursed. CCU must determine a graduate student's maximum Stafford loan eligibility before the institution can disburse the Federal Grad PLUS Loan.
Graduate students are also eligible for Federal Grad PLUS loans. Students must enroll at least half-time (6 hours) and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Grad PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling is required for all students who wish to receive this type of loan and must be complete before funds will be disbursed.
Students who are admitted as non-degree students are not eligible to receive federal student loans.
Graduate students interested in applying for a South Carolina Teacher’s Loan should contact the financial aid office for application information or go online to South Carolina Student Loan Corporation (www.scstudentloan.org).
Students interested in information regarding graduate assistantships and scholarships should contact the Office of Graduate Studies, located in Singleton Building, Room 115, or visit their Web site at www.coastal.edu/graduate.