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:
- Apply for your PIN (All students and parents of dependent students)
- Complete the FAFSA (All students - first time or renewal)
- 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:
- Your social security card and driver's license
- Your federal income tax return (and your spouse's, if married)
- Your parents' federal income tax return (if you are a dependent)
- W-2 Forms or other records of income earned
- 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
- Your PIN and you are a dependent student.
- 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
- 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