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Earning a degree from Francis Marion University is a great investment in a student’s future, but it’s a significant investment that can’t be taken lightly. FMU’s Office of Financial Assistance is always ready to help students and families as they begin the path to a degree. And, as they proceed down that path, they’ll be there every step of the way.

A wise, and necessary, first step in determining what financial aid might be available is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The “code” for FMU -- applicants will need this! -- is 009226. Generally, students will be notified about potential aid awards within 14 days of completing the FAFSA document. But that’s not the end of the trail when it comes to financial assistance.

 

Types of Aid

Once the FAFSA is complete, work begins in earnest on a financial aid package. Here’s a brief overview of the different types of aid that are available. More financial aid info is available at www.fmarion.edu/enrollment/financialassistance.

 

  • Scholarships - A variety of scholarships are available to students. Most scholarships are based on academic ability and need, but criteria differs.
  • Federal Work StudyWork study is need-based and allows students to work on-campus and receive federally subsidized pay.
  • GrantsFederal and state grants are available to students. Grants include the Pell Grant and SC Need-Based Grant.
  • LoansThere are a number of different types of loans available to students. Two terms to be aware of are subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loans are need-based while unsubsidized loans are not. In addition, the subsidized loan does not begin accruing interest until six months after students stop attending college, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest as soon as the loan begins.

 

SALT away some knowledge!

FMU provides the SALT™ Money Knowledge service to all students and alumni. This service gives students access to information regarding outside scholarships, money management, loan options, and more.

Types of Scholarships

Francis Marion students can choose from a wide variety of named scholarships aimed at students in particular disciplines or from particular backgrounds. Counselors in our admissions and financial aid offices can help families chart their course.

 

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

The minimum criteria for all University Scholarships at FMU includes admittance to the University for upcoming fall semester, a score of 1100 or better on the SAT (CR and Math only) or 24 ACT Composite, and a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students meeting those requirements could qualify for any of the University awards.

 

  • FMU's prestigious Robert E. McNair Scholarship is named for former S.C. Governor Robert E. McNair, who was instrumental in launching a new four-year college in the Pee Dee (that would be Francis Marion) back in the late 1960s.

    McNair Scholars must be residents of South Carolina, and have a strong interest in pursuing a public service career. McNair Scholars also survive a rigorous selection process that includes interviews, essays, and on-campus visits.

    It is not an easy road, but the payoff is significant. The McNair Scholarship covers a student's full tuition, housing, and meal plan. And, it offers a book allowance and funding for a study abroad experience as well. It is renewable, provided recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass 30 credit hours of coursework each year.

    The McNair Scholarship application, including the required essays and two letters of recommendation, is due by December 1.

  • The James F. Konduros Scholarship awards $6,000 for tuition and other expenses – combined with a S.C. LIFE scholarship, it can cover a year’s tuition – and, like the McNair, can be renewed annually. Konduros Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass 30 credit hours per year. Selection is based on applications and interviews.

  • A $5,000 Education Fellow scholarship can be awarded to Education majors who are part of the South Carolina Teacher Cadet Program. Preference is given to FMU-sponsored Teacher Cadets. For more on the Teacher Cadet Program, check out: www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/teachingfellow.

  • Francis Marion University Fellows Scholars receive annual awards of between $1,500-$2,500, renewable annually if recipients meet standard renewal qualifications. Scholarship awards are based on applications and interviews. An annual award of $1,000 is available to qualified students through the FMU Distinction Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded when a student is admitted.

 

STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Francis Marion takes pride in enrolling more than 1,200 students annually who benefit from South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and HOPE scholarships. Individual students can work with guidance counselors at their schools to apply for the state grants, but FMU counselors can assist if needed.

 

DONOR-SUPPORTED SCHOLARSHIPS

Donors and supporters of Francis Marion University provide support for more than 150 named, specialty scholarships at FMU. These awarded scholarships are available to all students, although many have specialized qualifying criteria, such as a particular field of study or specific hometown or home county. Awards vary, as do specific qualifications. For more information, go to: www.fmarion.edu/foundation/scholarships.

 

DATES AND PROCESS

Scholarship applications for University scholarships, excluding the McNair Scholarship, are due by March 15. Awards will be made during the spring, following on-campus interviews. Distinction Scholarships will be awarded automatically after admission.

The deadline for Donor-Supported Scholarships vary. Contact the Education Foundation at 843-661-1199 for more information.

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