Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Sources of Financial Aid

There are many sources of financial aid, such as the following:

  • Veterans benefits - contact the Financial Aid Office
  • Institutional scholarships - contact the Financial Aid Office
  • Non-institutional scholarships, grants, and loans  -  Search the web on sites such as

  • Clinton College participates in the following Federal Student Financial Aid Programs (Learn more at http://www.ed.gov):
    • Federal Pell Grant
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    • Federal Work-Study Program
    • Federal Stafford Loan

    How to Apply for Financial Aid


    All applicants who wish to be considered for any type of  financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via www.fafsa.ed.gov. In order for the Office of Financial Aid to receive a notification of a student’s FAFSA, the school code for Clinton College must be listed. The school code for Clinton College is 004923.

    To be eligible for any form of federal or state financial aid, you must meet the following requirements: You must be a U.S. citizen or a documented, eligible non-citizen and you must be admitted to the College. However, students should not wait for a notice of acceptance before submitting their financial aid application. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st.

    Follow these three steps to follow to apply for Financial Aid:

    1. Apply for your PIN  (All students and parents of dependent students)
    2. Complete the FAFSA (All students - first time or renewal)
    3. Register with Selective Service (Men only)

    STEP 1: Apply for Your PIN

    The Federal Student Aid Personal Identification Number (PIN) serves as your personal identifier and permits you to access your personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems. Your federal PIN also serves as your electronic signature for U.S. Department of Education purposes, so do not share it with anyone. It's like the Personal Identification Number that you get from your bank that enables you to access your account.

    Each student filer needs a federal PIN.   To apply for a PIN, click here: www.pin.ed.gov

    For dependent students, the parent providing the income information should also have a PIN.  To apply for a PIN, click here: www.pin.ed.gov

    Those students who submitted a FAFSA for a previous academic year should have received a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. You will use this same PIN to reapply each year.  If you cannot locate your PIN, click here:   www.pin.ed.gov.

    Once you receive your PIN, you can then use the PIN to sign and submit the electronic FAFSA.

    STEP 2:  Complete the FAFSA

    Before you begin filing the FAFSA online, make sure you have the following items: 

    1. Your social security card and driver's license
    2. Your federal income tax return (and your spouse's, if married)
    3. Your parents' federal income tax return (if you are a dependent)
    4. W-2 Forms or other records of income earned
    5. Records any untaxed income received, such as veteran's non-education benefits; child support payments received by you (or your parents) for all children included in the household; housing, food and other living allowances paid to members of the clergy or military (excluding on-base military housing or basic military allowance for housing)
    6. Your PIN  and you are a dependent student. 
    7.  The school code for Clinton College -  004923.

    To begin your online FAFSA go here:   www.fafsa.ed.gov

    When completing the FAFSA, report your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.  Do not use nicknames, abbreviations, or middle names as first names. The U.S. Department of Education requires that your name on the FAFSA identically match your name on Social Security Administration records. You will be required to submit additional documentation should a name conflict occur.

    Once the Office of Financial Aid has received your application data from the processor, you may be requested to provide additional documentation. The federal processor selects approximately 30 percent of all applicants for a verification process. This means the Office of Financial Aid must collect certain documents to confirm the accuracy of the information you provided on your FAFSA.

    The financial aid application process is considered complete when the Office of Financial Aid receives a valid FAFSA/Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) from the federal processor AND the verification process (if required) and any requests for other documentation (citizenship, Selective Service registration, etc.) are submitted and processed.

    STEP 3:  Register with Selective Service


    All male students are required to register with Selective Service. Registration can be completed and submitted online via www.sss.gov.

    Helpful Reminders

    • Renewal of financial aid is not automatic. All applicants must re-apply each year. For additional information financial aid, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid at (803) 327-7402 ext. 240.
    • Keep copies of all forms you and your family used in completing the FAFSA. You should print a copy of your electronic application or your completed paper FAFSA for your records.
    • All award packages including athletic, academic, and outside scholarships are coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid.  The total financial assistance awarded will never exceed the costs related to attending Clinton College.  If a student is eligible for funds, all awards will appear as credits on his/her account after the financial aid award is finalized.
    • Students may accept part or all of the financial aid offered. In such cases, it becomes the financial responsibility of students to provide the balance of remaining tuition and fees.
    • Check for scholarship scams through the following site:   http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams