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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

  • Each student who receives Federal financial aid at Coastal Carolina University is required to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of his/her program of study.
  • For more information:
    • Undergraduate students: Click here.
    • Graduate students: Click here.

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  • The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition savings program for college students from selected states in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their home state institutions.
  • For more information click here.

 Federal College Work-Study

  • The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides funds for part-time jobs which allow students to earn money needed to pay for educational expenses.
  • For more information click here

College Savings Plans and 529 Plans

  • College Savings Plans and 529 Plans are not considered financial aid and are not handled in Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • For more information click here.

Free Tuition

  • Free Tuition for Certain Veterans’ Children- Children (twenty-six years of age or younger) of certain wartime veterans may apply with the South Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs (SCDVA) for a tuition waiver to any state-supported college, university, or post-high school technical education institution. Please note that all approvals from the SCDVA still require Coastal Carolina University to confirm residency eligibility requirements. Both the student and the veteran must meet residency requirements as determined by the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards. Certain students who are eligible for tuition waiver benefits through Military & Veteran Services, but who have not proved their SC residency status, may be approved to be in an out-of-state veteran residency status for tuition and fee purposes.  In order to qualify for the Free Tuition for Certain Veterans’ Children program, students in this out-of-state veteran residency status must also submit supporting documentation to Financial Aid & Scholarships to confirm that the veteran was a resident of SC at the time of entry into service and during service or, has been a resident of SC for at least one year and still resides in SC or, if the veteran is deceased, resided in SC for one year before his death. More information on this benefit and the application can be found here.
  • Free Tuition for Children of Certain Firemen, Law-Enforcement Officers, and the Like- Children of certain firemen, law-enforcement officers, corrections officer, and government employees totally disabled or killed in the line of duty may contact Financial Aid & Scholarships to file proof of evidence of death or total disability to apply for free tuition. Financial Aid & Scholarships will review evidence for eligibility as defined in SC Code 59 Sections 111 Article 3. Please note that Coastal Carolina University has sole discretion in granting or not granting free tuition.
  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act
    Under this scholarship, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made.  To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC, and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell-eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. Should you feel you have the qualifications for this scholarship, please contact Financial Aid and Scholarships at finaid@coastal.edu to ask about documentation needed to receive the scholarship. 
  • Free Tuition for Residents Sixty Years of Age- Legal Residents of South Carolina, as determined by the Office of Admissions & Merit Awards, who are sixty years of age or older, may qualify for free tuition. 
  • South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program- Undergraduate members of the National Guard may apply for the SC National Guard College Assistance Program each year upon completion of basic training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Applications can be obtained from the National Guard website and submitted to the SC Commission on Higher Education. The application window is typically June-August. The annual grant amount is determined each year based on the amount of available program funds by the SC Commission on Higher Education. The total of all grants received may not exceed $18,000. Members may not receive funds for more than one hundred thirty attempted semester hours or related quarter hours. Students must also maintain satisfactory academic progress standards to be eligible for this benefit. Members receiving a full ROTC scholarship are not eligible for college assistance program funds. Once applications are made, Financial Aid & Scholarships will determine eligibility & award appropriately. Please feel free to contact Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information.

Withdrawal and Return of Funds

  • The Return of Title IV Funds policy applies only if the student completely terminates enrollment (i.e. cancels his/her registration, withdraws or is dismissed) or stops attending classes before completing more than 60 percent of the enrollment period. The Return of Title IV Funds policy applies to federal student financial aid programs. Financial Aid and Scholarships will calculate the amount of federal funds to be returned for students who withdraw.
  • Repayment Policy: The amount of Title IV aid that a student must repay is determined by the Federal Formula for Return of Title IV Funds as specified in Section 484B of the Higher Education Act.This law also specifies the order of return of the Title IV Funds to the program from which they were awarded.
  • A repayment may be required when aid has been credited to a student's account from financial aid funds in excess of the amount of aid the student earned during the term. The responsibility for returning unearned aid is allocated between Coastal Carolina University and the student according to the portion of disbursed aid that could have been used to cover university charges and the portion that could have been disbursed directly to the student once school charges were covered. Coastal Carolina University will distribute the unearned aid back to the Title IV programs as specified by law. The student will be billed for the amount the student owes to the Title IV programs and any amount due to Coastal Carolina University resulting from the return of Title IV funds used to cover charges. 

Tuition and Fees

  • Click here for Tuition and Fees.


South Carolina College Income Tax Credit

South Carolina Act 40 of 2017 increased the amount of the income tax credit for tuition at both two- and four-year institutions. Students attending public or independent institutions in South Carolina are allowed a refundable individual tax credit up to $1,500 during that taxable year. 

To claim up to $1,500 in tuition tax credits, a Form SC 1040 must be filed. When preparing the South Carolina income tax return, Form I-319 Tuition Tax Credit must be completed. This form is included with all state individual income tax booklets. To determine if you are eligible, and for more information about the tax credit, please visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue Tuition Tax Credit website.

This enhanced tax credit is now in effect for currently enrolled students who meet the statutory eligibility.