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Need-Based Aid

Grants are gifts which, in most cases, do not require repayment. The FAFSA is required to receive these awards and each student must maintain satisfactory academic progress according to Satisfactory Academic Progress for Undergraduates  

Federal Pell Grant is the largest federal grant program, offered to students with high need who are seeking their first undergraduate degree. Eligibility is determined by the federal processor. Approximately $555 to $5,550 per academic year for full-time enrollment. Once a student completes the requirements for their first degree, they are no longer eligible to receive a Pell Grant, regardless of when they choose to graduate.

Effective July 1, 2012, you can receive the Federal Pell Grant for no more than 12 semesters or the equivalent.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) awards are made to students who apply early and demonstrate extreme financial need. CCU generally awards $500 to $1500 per year for those who qualify.

South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a state-funded grant program awarded to S.C. residents who are undergraduate students with demonstrated need. They must be enrolled at least half time in a degree-granting program and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students should apply for financial assistance by March 1 to be considered. $500-$1,500 per academic year for full-time enrollment.

Federal Stafford Subsidized Loans are need based loans which are subsidized by the federal government. The interest is paid by the government while you are in school at least half-time. 

Student Employment

Federal Work Study allows students who demonstrate financial need to work part time to earn income. College work study earnings are paid twice per month to help student with living costs and personal items. Expected earnings are not used toward the student's bill. The priority date is March 1.

America Reads Challenge is a work program where students tutor elementary students in the local schools. This is a national campaign to help every child read well. Why should you get involved? College students have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young child and in the community. Benefits include:

The potential to positively affect the lives of young people and influence the future of the nation

  • Participation will provide valuable job experience
  • Work within diverse community work settings
  • Flexibility of scheduling around Coastal Carolina University courses
  • Provide service to your community Salary: $8 per hour first semester; $8.40 second year; $8.80 third year; $9.60 fourth year
  • Paid training in techniques for reading with children

Institutional Employment allows students to work on campus without applying for financial aid. Limited jobs are available year round and are listed on the HREO website.   Click here for University Job Postings.