Deadlines and Timeline

 Deadlines

Program Deadline
Clemson Scholarships Apply for admissions by December 1, with the admissions process completed by December 31. (Need-Based Scholarships require the FAFSA submitted by March 1.)
Federal SEOG Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by March 1 for freshmen and April 1 for upperclassmen.
Federal Perkins Loan Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by March 1 for freshmen and April 1 for upperclassmen.
Federal Work-Study Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by March 1 for freshmen and April 1 for upperclassmen.
SC Need-Based Grant Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by March 1 for freshmen and April 1 for upperclassmen.
Federal Pell Grant Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1.
Federal Student Loans Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1.
PLUS Loans Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1 and loan application submitted by June 15.
Private Loans Recommended Deadline: Loan application submitted by June 15.
SC Teacher Loan Priority Deadline - April 15: Application is typically available February 1 — funding is limited, so apply early.

 Timeline

Beginning in August
  • Apply for admission.
  • Learn application and deposit deadlines for housing, financial aid, orientation, etc.
  • Start and maintain a good system of record keeping.
Beginning in November
  • Complete FREE online scholarship searches.
  • Research local scholarships with high school, parents' employers, place of worship and community sources.
  • Check with high school to apply for Palmetto Fellows if a South Carolina resident (More information on eligibility requirements.)
December
  • Make sure to apply by the priority deadline of December 1 and finish the Admissions process by December 31.
January
  • Gather financial records and plan to complete taxes early.
February
March - April
  • Update FAFSA after filing taxes if necessary.
  • Respond promptly to all email requests from financial aid office (copies of IRS Tax Return Transcripts, etc.).
April
  • Accept your financial aid via the iROAR portal when notified.
  • Analyze and compare award letters from all schools if undecided.
May
  • Commit to Clemson University by May 1.
  • Complete entrance loan counseling and sign Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov.
June
  • Determine remaining out-of-pocket expenses and apply for Parent PLUS loan or private loan if needed. More information.
  • Obtain Federal Work-Study job (if awarded) through secure website when notified.
August
  • Satisfy University fees by paying balance on the iROAR portal.
  • Sign Perkins Promissory Note (if awarded) when notified.
January (of next year)
  • Monitor credit hours and grades needed for scholarship renewal(s).
  • Plan for summer school if needed.
  • Begin application process for the next academic year.