Welcome to South University’s Columbia Campus
Here you'll find the information you need to become an informed consumer of a South University education. From financial aid facts and forms, to information from our Student Services and Career Services departments, to academic information including course information, textbooks, and catalogs are all available here.
South University will also provide any specific consumer information documents or reports upon request in writing. To receive a copy, please send a written request to the Financial Aid Office directly and allow the staff twenty four hours to process your request and to send your requested information to you.
If you are thinking about attending South University's Columbia campus, go to our campus location page where you can learn about our campus.
If you are a current student, you can log onto the student portal.
Financial Aid Facts
At South University, Columbia financial aid is available to those who qualify. We’re here to help you understand what you need to know to fund your education. If you want to speak with someone in person, please contact a financial aid representative at 1.866.629.3031.
Net Price Calculator (NPC)If you are a first time student in college and planning to attend full time, please visit our Net Price Calculator to get an early approximation of your potential costs to attend South University, Columbia, SC. All financial results are only an approximation based on the information you will supply and cannot be considered an actual award. To be considered for federal or state (if applicable) financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The calculator is not intended for transfer, readmitted, international, graduate, part time or continuing students.
Financial Aid Changes
Every year, many of the federal aid policies, practices, and awards are up for review and approval by the federal government. The government also maintains the right to modify all federal aid policies at any time during the year should there be budgetary or regulation issues that need to be addressed immediately. Starting with the new financial aid award year that begins officially on July 1st, each year, the attached document highlights the pending changes in financial aid awarding and policy. The Financial Aid Office will be able to answer any specific questions regarding how these changes might or might not affect you and your financial aid award for the coming school year. Please refer to Federal aid website for additional information.
The following links will help you find the information you need to finance your education.
Types of Financial Aid
Financial aid information is published online and available in print upon request. Visit our financial aid guide for more information.
Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations
For information about eligibility requirements for federal student aid programs, please click here for school specific information. This document will provide further helpful information from the Department of Education.
Private Education Loans Overview
Private alternative education loans are offered by private lending institutions and are not subsidized by a government agency. Alternative education loans are not to be used as a substitution for federal loans. Alternative education loans are intended to provide additional funding for your education after all federal loans are sought.
Application for all alternative loan programs can be done on-line directly with the lender of your choice. Students are free to choose any lender they wish. Lenders reserve the right to choose the schools and borrowers that they will approve. Should you choose a paper Self Certification Form to begin your application, please click here. The Financial Aid Office can help with any questions you might have, including information on the Cost of Attendance and what loan amount you might need when filling this form out.
Student Lending Code of Conduct for Education Loans
To download a PDF of our student lending code of conduct for education loans, please click here.
We encourage you to visit iGrad! for information and guidance on improving your financial knowledge. We strongly encourage our students to utilize iGrad's full library of resources including their updated short video presentations, relevant current articles on a wide array of financial topics, calculators, games, and a job search function, All of these resources will provide valuable tips and lessons for understanding financial aid and for managing all of your finances wisely. Some of the topics covered include financial aid processes and awards, paying for college; time management; credit management; preparing for life after college; and personal finance tips for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
Loan Repayment Estimator
Please visit the Federal Student Aid website here, for access to valuable loan calculators to get an idea of what your monthly loan payment might look like, depending on the repayment plan you choose. When it comes time to repay your loans, we suggest a plan that allows you to pay off your loans the fastest. Remember, the longer you take to pay off your loans, the smaller your monthly payment, but the more you will pay back in total dollars. Not all loans are eligible for all repayment plans. Private loan repayment plans are at the discretion of the lender. Please contact your Student Finance Counselor if you have any questions.
Federal Direct Loan Repayment Plans
Depending on your overall federal loan amount that you need to repay along with your current financial situation, there may be different repayment options available to you. This federal resource will provide all of the information you need to be better informed of your repayment options for your federal loans. Options may include, Standard, Extended, Income Contingent and Income Based repayment plans, depending on your situation. Not all plans are available to all students. While we typically suggest choosing a plan that repays your loan the fastest, generally the Standard plan, the Income Based and Income Contingent plans might be best for you right now. If you have further questions, please contact a Student Finance Counselor at the school for assistance. Please know that the federal government has the right to change the terms of each plan at any time, including eliminating and adding plans. Students also have the right to change plans, per federal regulations, as needed.
Entrance (Initial) Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers
Before receiving a student loan, first-time borrowers must complete an entrance counseling session. This quick and easy interactive counseling session provides useful tips and tools to help you develop a budget for managing your educational expenses and helps you to understand your loan responsibilities. This entrance counseling session can be found on the Direct Loan Servicing Web Site.
Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers
Direct loan exit counseling will explain your rights and responsibilities as a direct loan borrower. Exit counseling information is also located on the Direct Loan Servicing Web Site. You will need to have your Social Security number and your FSA ID ready in order to log into this portion of the site.
Financial Aid Cost of Attendance
The financial aid office uses an estimate of direct and indirect costs to determine how much financial aid a student may be eligible for. Direct costs include tuition, fees, some books and supplies and institutional housing. Indirect costs include estimates of other living expenses, transportation and personal expenses. Examples of the cost of attendance estimates used can be found by clicking here.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
When a borrower receives a Federal loan or a Pell grant, the information must be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Information in NSLDS is accessible to schools, lenders, and guarantors that are authorized users of the data system. Students are also able to log in and access all of their federal loan and Pell grant information. Students will need to have their FSA ID in order to access their information.
State Grant Assistance
South University, Columbia participates in eligible South Carolina state grant/aid programs. See http://www.che.sc.gov/ for potential programs and further information.
Student Loan Information Published by the Department of Education
Additional information about financial aid, including your specific loan information, can be found by visiting the Department of Education Financial Awareness Counseling along with the Federal Student Aid page.
U.S. Military Education Benefits
We are committed to helping you—our military service members, veterans and your families—understand the financial investment you are making by pursuing a postsecondary education, along with helping you to understand and uncover the financial aid options for which you may be eligible. Our Military Brochure provides a summary of the most common military education benefits, including links to the federal sites for more detailed information.
In addition, the brochure describes the College Financing Plan (Financing ) that will be provided to you to assist you as you make the important decision to continue your education. A personalized Shopping Sheet will be created for you in accordance with the Principles of Excellence as outlined in Executive Order 13607. For illustrative purposes, please review the Financing Plan template prescribed by the Department of Education to participating schools; your Financing Plan will follow this format.
South University offer qualifying military students numerous military education benefits that can help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need to put your passion to work in business, health care, legal, criminal justice and creative arts fields. The Military Student Loan Benefits document provides you with an overview of the special benefits and repayment options for your student loans available from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense. For additional information about military education and housing benefits, explore our Education and Housing Benefits Guidelines.
If you served on Active Duty, you might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the pay grades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.
If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member's Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to you. For more information on these benefits, visit www.gibill.va.gov.
To learn more about educational benefits for military personnel and veterans, please begin with our military pages here.
The College Financing Plan Web Page
The Financing Plan is a model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. Further information on the Financing Plan can be accessed here.
If you have tried to resolve a dispute you have about your Federal Student Aid and you have not been able to do so, you may need to contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group of the U. S. Department of Education.
By Phone: 877-557-2575
By FAX: 202-275-0549
By U.S. Postal Mail: U. S. Department of Education FSA Ombudsman Group 830 First Street, N. E. Fourth Floor Washington, D.C. 20202-5144
At South University, Columbia our graduate and undergraduate academic programs are designed to help you develop skills that are vital to professional achievement.
The following links provide you with the information you need to understand what programs we offer, how our schools are accredited, and how much it will cost to attend our school so you can make the right decision about your creative education.
Refund Policy, Requirements for Withdrawal, and Return of Title IV (Federal) Financial Aid
To find more information regarding our refund policies, click here.
Academic Program Cost Sheets
Information for the cost of each program can be found in our undergraduate Program Cost Sheet.
Academic Programs/Educational Programs
Additional information can be found in our Student Handbook.
To find out more about our library and classrooms, explore our catalog.
Our faculty provide a nurturing atmosphere for our students. They foster a nurturing atmosphere where teaching methods are geared towards the success of our students. To learn more about our faculty, see our academic catalog.
Transfer of Credit Policies can be found by clicking here.
Accreditation and Licensing
Information regarding accreditation and licensing can be found in our catalog. If you would like to review the official accreditation and licensing documentation, they can be found in the President’s office.
Privacy of Student Records – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
To find out more about your rights as a student, including the rights and procedures relating to your right to view your education records, click here.
Information regarding student diversity can be found in our Student Diversity document.
From time to time, it is important for academic programs to make improvements to their curriculum or teaching style to stay in line with industry standards and changes. For information on all program changes and plans for improvement, please visit this link to see what the current plans might be to improve any academic program at this location.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
With specific guidance from our accrediting bodies and the federal government, the school has established a mandatory Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy in order to help provide guidelines for students in maintaining their academic progress towards completion of a degree. Failure to comply with the established SAP policy could result in a loss of financial aid eligibility along with eventual academic probation and dismissal. Please be aware that dropping courses, reducing course load and failing courses will negatively affect your academic progress. The school has established periodic checkpoints to monitor student progress and to provide early intervention and corrective measures when appropriate. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and understand the current SAP policy, which can be found here, along with being available in the school catalog. Please contact your student academic advisor with any questions regarding the policy or to review your current academic standing.
Many students have previous education experiences and may have earned credits at other institutions. We are providing a listing of the Articulation Agreements that we have entered into with other institutions that describe the courses that may transfer into program(s) at this campus. Articulation Agreements are developed to identify what specific courses (please note that sometimes there are also minimum grade requirements) will transfer into specific programs at this campus from other institutions under the circumstances described in the actual articulation agreements. An Articulation Agreement by itself does not mean every course will transfer into a program at this campus.
It is at the discretion of the receiving institution (campus) as to which credits will or will not be accepted for transfer. The student should review the Articulation Agreement to make sure they understand whether courses they wish to transfer in are included in the Articulation Agreement. Please contact a campus admissions representative, registrar or an academic advisor with any questions or for more detail on specific articulation agreements or to review the actual articulation agreement.
Students should understand that Articulation Agreements may be modified or eliminated by either the sending or receiving campus.
Columbia Campus Articulation Agreements:
A list of text books for the courses we offer can be found by logging on to the student portal site with your student login.
Important Book Information
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Cash Management Contracts
South University, Columbia utilizes a third-party servicer, BankMobile, to provide stipends to our eligible students. Under the Title IV cash management regulations, institutions are required to publicly disclose any contract that governs a cash management arrangement, as well as information about the costs incurred by students who elect to use a financial account offered under this arrangement. To view this contract and Addendum - Consent to Assignment, please click here and click here respectively. For a schedule of costs that may be incurred by the student, please refer to https://www.vibeaccount.com/studentaccount/feeschedules.do.
Eligible students are required to log into their account on the BankMobile web site and select their preferred stipend delivery method. The major features and assessed fees for each stipend delivery method, as well as the terms and conditions for selecting a financial account with the third-party servicer, may be found on the BankMobile Web site.
For information regarding mean and median costs incurred by a BankMobile Vibe student checking accountholder and any students who had an open Vibe account under the contract during the prior award year, please refer to the BankMobile Student Financial Account Fee Data and Monetary/Non-Monetary Considerations document. This document also provides information regarding monetary and non-monetary considerations paid by South University to BankMobile under the contract during the prior award year.Back To Top ^
Health and Safety
At South University, Columbia, we take issues surrounding your health and safety very seriously. Information about our school security policies, crime statistics, crime logs, fire safety policies, fire statistics, and our fire log can be found in our crime report.
Information regarding our disability services can be found by clicking here.
In the event of an emergency, our alert system will be enabled where timely information and instruction regarding the status of the emergency will be provided. Students now can also receive emergency messages via email, mobile phone, home phone and text messaging directly to the communication device of each recipient's choice. Students simply need to update their personal profile in their Student Portal to begin receiving emergency messages.
Voter Registration for Students
United States citizens who are students of voting age can find voter information specific to their state of residence while attending school by clicking here.
The state in which the institution is located currently does not require students to have any specific vaccination to attend the school.
Drug and Alcohol Policies
Policies regarding drug and alcohol use can be found by clicking here.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Training
We are providing this training program to educate students, faculty, and staff about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
This training provides information on several topics relevant to college life: sexuality, sexual violence prevention, dating/domestic violence and stalking prevention, bystander intervention, and discrimination prevention.
The training also provides resources for reporting and resolving violence. Our schools prohibit the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These crimes will not be tolerated and will result in sanctions up to and including expulsion.
Copyright Infringement Policies and Sanctions
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Loan Repayment Estimators
If you will be utilizing student loans to help pay for your education, we have provided a few loan calculators as helpful resources to get an idea of what your loan repayment options and amounts might be. All results are estimates based on information that you will provide and cannot be considered an offer or promise of any kind as to your actual loan repayment amounts. Loan amounts, interest rates, repayment plans and the length of repayment can all change and all will affect the actual monthly payment amount you may need to make along with your total amount repaid at the end of your loan terms.
- The College Board
- Federal Repayment Estimator
- iGrad—Student Loan Affordability Calculator (Based On Expected Salary)
- iGrad—PAYE (Pay As You Earn) Repayment Calculator
- iGrad—IBR (Income Based Repayment) Calculator
- iGrad—ICR (Income Contingent Repayment) Calculator
Graduate Employment Statistics
The Career Services Department partners with students and graduates to seek appropriate employment during all stages of your education. To find out more about our employment statistics, including placement rates and average salaries, download our graduate employment statistics. For aggregated information on our Accelerated Graduate Programs located at the South University Savannah and Columbia campuses and at the Atlanta Learning Site, please go here. When there, please make sure to have the right campus location and to select your program of choice.Back To Top ^
The College Scorecard Web Site
A planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school and is located at here.
The College Navigator Web Site
A consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located here.
The Paying for College Web Page
Which can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed here.
State Contact Information for Student Complaints
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Annual Retention Rates
For information on our annual retention rates, please click here.
Cohort Default Rates
For information on cohort default rates, please click here. Cohort default rates help to measure the percentage of students within a specific cohort who enter into repayment on federal student loans within a specific timeframe. The United States Government releases official data once per academic year, with the new rates scheduled to be released in September of this year. Please contact your Student Financial Services professional with questions regarding these rates.
Licensure Pass Results
Some programs either require or suggest that students pass licensing exams in order to move forward in their chosen field and career. For more information on specific requirements, test information, location and dates, please speak with your Academic Advisor. Here are the most current Licensure Pass Results for some of our programs.South University