Costs and Financial Aid

Preparing for college expenses can be stressful, and GSSM college counselors work closely with students and parents to identify financial aid opportunities and advise them in developing an "affordability plan." GSSM students are very competitive candidates, and many GSSM students may receive merit-based scholarships. Our College Online Resources page includes helpful links to scholarship search databases.

 

 

Students and parents are also strongly encouraged to apply for need-based financial aid. The two major financial aid forms used by colleges to determine need-based aid include the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Board’s CSS Profile.The FAFSA and CSS Profile become available October 1. Both will require prior-prior year tax information to complete the forms. We work with students to optimize their eligibility for need-based and merit-based aid from federal, state, institutional and outside sources. Families are encouraged to use Net Price Calculators on college/university websites to get a preliminary estimate of cost to attend.

Paying for College video series by Sallie Mae

CSS Profile: Participating Institutions and Programs

Palmetto Fellows

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established in 1988 and is administered by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The annual award amount for the freshman year is up to $6,700. The award amount for the sophomore, junior and senior years is up to $7,500 per year. Students may use the scholarship at eligible public or private four-year colleges in SC.

Eligibility:

Early Awards: Students must score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT), earned a minimum 3.5 GPA on the SC Uniform Grading Policy at the end of the junior year, AND rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of the sophomore year or junior year, OR score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) AND earn a minimum 4.0 on the SC Uniform Grading Policy at the end of the junior year. Since GSSM does not rank, we use the student’s rank at the end of the sophomore year to determine eligibility. Students must meet criteria by March of their senior year to be eligible for Early Awards application submission.

Late Awards: Students must score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT), earned a minimum 3.5 GPA on the SC Uniform Grading Policy at the end of the senior year, AND rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of the sophomore or junior year, OR score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) AND earn a minimum 4.0 on the SC Uniform Grading Policy at the end of the junior year. Since GSSM does not rank, we use the student’s rank at the end of the sophomore year to determine eligibility. Students must meet criteria by the June national test administration of their senior year to be eligible for Late Awards application submission.

The SC Commission on Higher Education will now superscore BOTH the SAT and ACT for Palmetto Fellow eligibility.

The State of South Carolina offers additional merit and need-based aid, details of which can be found on the SC Commission on Higher Education, Scholarships and Grants web page.