Deadlines and Timeline

Deadlines and processing time

Deadlines and Processing Time

Program Deadline
Clemson Scholarships
  • Submit the Undergraduate Admissions application and all required materials by the Regular Decision deadline of January 2. (Need-Based Scholarships require the FAFSA to be submitted by January 2.)
  • Scholarships will be added to the bill 24 hours after accepting the Terms and Conditions on iROAR.
  • University Scholarship Appeals are reviewed during the Fall semester of each academic year. The Scholarship Appeal Form and supporting documentation must be submitted by the last day to register, add a class, or declare an Audit.
Federal SEOG
  • Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by January 2 for first-year students and April 1 for continuing students and transfers.
  • Federal grants will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Students must read the Terms and Conditions on iROAR.
Federal Work-Study
  • Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by January 2 for first-year students and April 1 for continuing students and transfers.
  • If selected for verification, Federal Work-Study will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time).
  • Students must read the Terms and Conditions on iROAR.
  • Students will be notified to set up a profile and apply for jobs in early July.
SC Need-Based Grant
  • Priority Deadline: FAFSA submitted by January 2 for first-year students and April 1 for continuing students and transfers.
  • State grants will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Students must read the Terms and Conditions and the State Aid Affidavit on iROAR.
Federal Pell Grant
  • Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1.
  • Federal grants will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Students must read the Terms and Conditions on iROAR.
Federal Student Loans
  • Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1.
  • Federal loans will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Once loans are accepted, they will take two weeks to process.
  • If we request you to complete entrance loan counseling and/or a Master Promissory Note at studentaid.gov, it will take 3 to 5 business days to receive notification from the Department of Education.
PLUS Loans
  • Recommended Deadline: FAFSA submitted by June 1 and loan application submitted by June 30.
  • Federal loans will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Once a loan has been applied for and pre-approved, it will take 2 to 3 weeks to process the loan.
  • If we request you to complete a PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note at studentaid.gov, it will take 3 to 5 business days for us to receive notification from the Department of Education.
  • If you are using an endorser or have been approved after an appeal for the PLUS loan, you must complete PLUS Counseling at studentaid.gov.
Private Loans
  • Recommended Deadline: Loan application submitted by June 30.
  • Private loans will be added to the bill after verification is complete (3 to 4 weeks processing time) if selected for verification.
  • Once a loan has been applied for and pre-approved, it will take 3 to 4 weeks to process the loan.
SC Teacher Loan
  • Priority Deadline - April 15: Application is typically available on February 1 — funding is limited, so apply early.
  • The original application must be submitted to Curriculum & Instruction, 105 Tillman Hall, before processing the loan application. Make sure the application is for the correct academic year.
  • The Office of Student Financial Aid will receive loan approvals in July.
Timeline

 Timeline

August
  • First-year students - apply for admission.
  • First-year students - review your application and remember deposit deadlines for housing, financial aid, orientation, etc.
  • All students -start and maintain a sound system of record keeping.
  • All students - satisfy University fees by paying the balance on the iROAR portal.
  • Students with state scholarships - if you seek to regain a scholarship for an upcoming academic year, you must complete a Request for Academic Forgiveness before the first day of class of the Fall semester.
September
  • All students -be sure you meet the credit hour enrollment requirement for each financial aid award as of midnight on the last day to drop classes without a W based on the academic calendar. For more information, please see the Enrollment Requirements section of the Terms and Conditions. Withdrawing from a course later may impact your Federal Pell Grant.
October
  • All students - complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool with appropriate year's tax information.
  • First-year students - apply for admissions (application submitted and file complete) for Early Action by October 15.
November
  • All students - complete FREE online scholarship searches.
  • First-year students - search for local scholarships with high school, parents' employers, places of worship, and community sources.
  • First-year students - check with your high school to apply for Palmetto Fellows if you are a South Carolina resident (More information on eligibility requirements.)
December
  • First-year students - complete the FAFSA and apply for admission (application submitted and file complete) by the Regular Decision deadline of January 2.
January
  • All undergraduate students - monitor credit hours and grades needed for scholarship renewal(s).
February
  •  All students - plan for summer school if needed.
March
  • Continuing students and transfers - ensure the FAFSA has been completed before the April 1 deadline.
  • All students - respond promptly to all email requests from the financial aid office (verification forms, copies of IRS Tax Return Transcripts, etc.).
April
  • First-year students - accept your financial aid via the iROAR portal when notified.
  • First-year students - analyze and compare award letters from all schools if undecided.
May
  • First-year students - commit to Clemson University by May 1.
  • New students with federal loans -complete entrance loan counseling and sign Master Promissory Note at www.studentloans.gov.
June
  • Continuing students and transfers - accept your financial aid via the iROAR portal when notified.
  • All students - determine remaining out-of-pocket expenses and apply for a Federal Parent PLUS loan or private loan if needed— more information.
July
  • Students with Federal Work-Study - obtain a Federal Work-Study job (if awarded) through the secure website when notified.