Step 1: Apply for Admission

Lander University does not require a separate scholarship application for freshmen scholarships.  By completing the application for admission to the university by November 15 of your senior year, you will automatically be considered for academic scholarships and, if eligible, awarded.  Be sure to submit a high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores by November 15 as well. Funding for these scholarships is limited. If accepted, these scholarships may be renewable provided you meet the criteria specified in the Scholarship Agreement, which will be sent to you along with your initial offer letter.

Learn more about scholarships offered at Lander University.


Step 2: File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for every academic year that you wish to receive assistance. Each academic year begins with the fall semester and it ends with the following summer session.

The first step in the financial aid process is the completion of the FAFSA. The fastest and most accurate way to file is online by using FAFSA on the Web. Filers may sign with a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) available from the Department of Education.

If the parent's information is required on the FAFSA, the parent must also have an FSA ID to sign with the student. If you choose not to sign electronically, a signature page is available to print out. This page must be signed and mailed within a few days of transmission.

Please remember that the results of this analysis indicate the difference between what can be expected from the family and the cost of education. It shows the ability, not the willingness, of the student and their family to pay for their education.

The Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA information through an electronic process. We review the application information and other required forms before making a financial aid decision. This decision is offered as a notification of a financial aid award. Awards are communicated in writing to new students after students are admitted to a degree or certificate program and have completed all required documents. Continuing students are sent an email notification to their official Lander email address.


Step 3: Student Aid Report (SAR) and Application Review

Within one to two weeks of submitting the FAFSA, you should receive an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Education notifying you that it has been processed and giving you a link to review the results on the web. Review your SAR carefully to make certain that all data is correct and make any necessary corrections online.

If you listed Lander University on your FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will contact you to advise you of the next steps. The correspondence you will receive from the Financial Aid Office will let you know that your FAFSA information has been received by Lander University and will advise you of any financial assistance awarded to you.

After processing, we may have to ask you for additional information, and we may request some documents that you will need to complete and return.

Students who have a financial aid record will be able to access Bearcat Web to review the status of their aid, view/print any documents we need to continue processing aid, or see their financial aid awards. We will send notifications of requirements and/or awards posted to Bearcat Web to the Lander email address whenever we post an award or requirement. For prospective or new students who don't yet have a Lander email address, notification will be sent through postal mail. Students will receive instructions on how to login to Bearcat Web with each notification from us.

Once all necessary documents have been received and your file is complete, you will receive an Award Notice. This Award Notice may also have some documents that you must sign and return before any aid may be awarded. For example, students who are identified as LIFE Scholars, or who are awarded the S. C. Need-Based Grant must sign an affidavit before they may actually receive these funds.


Step 4: Award Notice

Once your application is complete, you will receive an Award Notice with instructions to receive grants and/or scholarships and apply for additional financial aid in the form of loans. The notice will direct you to Bearcat Web where you can view all of your financial assistance eligibility (scholarships, grants, loans).

Federal Direct Student Loans will be offered to you automatically. There may also be some documents that you must complete and/or sign and return to the Financial Aid Office. They will be listed on your "Student Requirements" and may be accessed by clicking the link. No financial aid (including scholarships or grants) will be disbursed to a student's account until all requested documents are received (complete) and have been reviewed by our office.

Once awarded, you must accept or decline your financial aid awards. Most scholarships and grants are automatically accepted. Anytime you accept or decline awards, check your Student Requirements. Requirements sometimes change depending on your awards.

Certification of your Federal Direct Student Loan eligibility will be electronically transmitted to the Department of Education by the Financial Aid Office about one week after you accept your loans online and complete your Entrance Counseling. You must sign your Master Promissory Note so that there is no delay in your loan disbursement. You can electronically sign your Master Promissory Note on-line using your FSA ID. The lender will notify you of your loan eligibility, the amount of the loan, what fees will be deducted from the loan proceeds, and when your loan will be disbursed to Lander University. Usually, Federal Direct Student Loans are disbursed in two equal payments, at the beginning of each semester. You will receive this information in the form of a Disclosure Statement from your lender. You should keep this important document for your records.

Just before classes begin, your loan funds will be posted to your student account. The loan amounts (the net proceeds after the fees have been deducted) will be entered into the Lander University computer system, and will be deducted from your fees. If there is a credit after all financial aid is applied to fees, you may be eligible to receive a check for the aid in excess of your charges.