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Supporting Your Journey

At North Greenville University (NGU), student aid is primarily based on financial need, which is determined through a nationally recognized calculation.

Begin by considering your educational costs, including tuition, fees, room, board, and books. Then, determine your expected contribution based on your income and family size. The difference between these costs and your contribution is your financial need:


To officially calculate your financial need and apply for aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to use NGU’s school code: 003441.

Let Us Help

We understand that navigating financial aid can be stressful. If you have any questions, call us at 864.977.7056. Explore the comprehensive information available on our website, which includes detailed guidance on applying for NGU financial aid.

We’re Here for You

We recognize that managing finances for college involves numerous deadlines and details, and understanding financial aid policies can be challenging. But remember, you’re not alone. We’ve supported many students and families in making their NGU journey possible, and we’re know we can help you as well.

Your Next Steps

  1. Explore Everything About Financial Aid: Familiarize yourself with all aspects of financial aid at NGU.
  2. Calculate Your Costs: Understand the total costs associated with your education.
  3. File Your FAFSA: Complete your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

Embark on your journey with NGU, and let us support you every step of the way.

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Aid that Fits Your Start

In financial aid awarded by NGU each year*
*Amount includes all student and aid types, e.g., federal, state, and institutional.
Almost all of our students receive some type of financial aid.
Need determines most aid, so it all starts with your FAFSA.

Cost of Attendance

Find detailed information on tuition, fees, and other expenses for attending North Greenville University.

Net Price Calculator

The cost of your NGU education will vary, depending on where you start and where you’re headed. Use our net price calculator to get a better estimate of financial aid and out-of-pocket expenses.

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“The financial aid team at NGU really has your best interest at heart and are there to help you afford college. They will do all that they can to help you!” Joceline Paez, ’26
Blythewood, SC

General Policies & Disclosures

All financial aid offered by NGU is governed by these policies and disclosures. In addition, your aid package may contain financial support in different forms and from different sources. Each form and source has its own rules. For example, education majors who receive a Federal Teach Grant must commit to serve (teach) after graduation.

  • Student Eligibility

    At North Greenville University, student aid is generally awarded on the basis of financial need. Simply defined, financial need is the difference between the student’s cost of education (tuition, fees, room-board, and books) and the amount the student and family are expected to contribute toward meeting those costs.

    To determine eligibility for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required. Financial aid forms are available at the university financial aid offices and high school counseling offices.

    Students who are enrolled in a degree seeking program at North Greenville University must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in order to maintain eligibility for any form of financial aid.

  • Method of Distribution of Student Aid

    The Executive Council of North Greenville University passed the following policy:

    • Institutional aid plus all outside grants and scholarships (except for student loans) may not exceed actual school charges for tuition, room, board, fees, and books.
    • The costs for university trips are the responsibility of the student.
    • Rent for university apartments, car registration fees, fines, and supplies are not included.
    • The Financial Planning Office shall adjust a student’s financial aid as needed to implement this policy.
    • Students who receive sufficient grants and scholarships that cover the cost of education will not receive a refund unless all of the grants and scholarships are non-institutional funds, and approved by the granting agencies.

    For clarification, contact the Financial Aid Office.

  • Special Financial Circumstance Review Process
    The FAFSA includes financial information from two years ago. If your financial situation has changed significantly, you may be eligible for additional financial aid. Do any of the following circumstances apply to you?
    • You lost your job or are earning less.
    • Your parent(s) lost a job or have changed jobs and are earning less money, and I am considered a “dependent student” (my parent(s) information is required on the FAFSA).
    • Your parents are now separated or divorced, but the FAFSA indicates “married” for your parent’s tax filing status.
    • You have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness.
    • You or your family had a significant expense this year, such as a medical bill that insurance did not cover.
    • You or your parents received one-time income reported on the tax return, such as Social Security payment, inheritance, IRA, or pension distribution. 
    • Your FAFSA includes income earned by a parent who is now deceased. 
    • You have had other changes to your ability to pay for college.
    • If any of these circumstances apply to you, please complete the 2024-25 Special Circumstance form or contact us at to find out if you qualify for a financial aid adjustment through our special circumstances review process.
  • General Disclosures
    • FAFSA required: A student must file a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive any federal aid.
    • Federal workstudy will be paid once a month.
    • All other federal aid shall be disbursed once a semester.

Veterans: Six chapters are eligible for certification at NGU: Tuition Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation and Chapters 30, 33, 35, and 1606.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

    Students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program at North Greenville University must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (“SAP”) standards in order to maintain eligibility for any form of financial aid.  The SAP evaluation process involves a review of three specific components: quantitative, qualitative, and maximum timeframe

    Please note that many state and institutional scholarships have higher eligibility requirements than those set forth by this SAP policy.  It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to know and understand the specific eligibility criteria for his/her federal, state, and institutional and private awards.

  • Quantitative Standards

    To meet the minimum requirement for the quantitative SAP component, a student must complete at least 67% of the credit hours in which s/he has enrolled. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of cumulative credit hours earned by the number of cumulative credit hours attempted. Attempted hours include those for completed courses, incomplete courses, withdrawn courses, and failed courses. All transfer hours accepted by North Greenville University will be counted in the calculations for both earned and attempted hours. Courses that are dropped within the regular add/drop period (as published in the university’s catalog and course schedule) are not included on a student’s transcript and will therefore not be counted in hours attempted. Furthermore, remedial coursework (see definition below) is excluded from the quantitative calculation. In the event that a student repeats a course, only the attempted and earned hours associated with the highest earned grade for the repeated course will count in the quantitative calculation.

  • Qualitative Standards

    To meet the minimum requirement for the qualitative SAP component, graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA at all times, and undergraduate students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA in accordance with the scale below:

    Credit Hours Attempted                Cumulative GPA

    0-29.5 Credits                                     1.50 CGPA

    30-59.5 Credits                                   1.75 CGPA

    60+ Credits                                         2.00 CGPA

    Withdrawn credits, incomplete credits, and grades earned from transfer coursework will be excluded from the GPA calculation for SAP. The highest grade for a repeated course (attempted at NGU) will be used in the GPA calculation for SAP.  The grades earned for remedial coursework are excluded from the GPA calculation.  Students are, however, required to pass their remedial coursework in order to maintain SAP.  In the event that a student fails his/her remedial coursework, s/he will automatically fail the qualitative component of SAP and will automatically advance to a financial aid warning status.  If a student who fails his/her remedial courses was already on a financial aid warning status at the time of remedial failure, that student will automatically advance to an ineligible status.

  • Maximum Timeframe

    The maximum timeframe component limits the length of time that a student can receive federal student aid. A student will not be permitted to receive aid after exceeding 150% of the length of his/her degree program (measured in credit hours attempted). In the event that a student changes his/her academic program, the time-frame calculation may be reset, in which case, only the hours required for his/her new academic program will count toward the maximum timeframe calculation. This reset can only happen once per student, and it must be requested by the student via NGU’s official process (i.e. this reset does not occur automatically).

  • Remedial Coursework Definition

    For the purpose of calculating SAP, only the following two courses count as remedial: MATH 0310 and MATH 0320. READ 1290 and ENGL 1300, while still part of NGU’s transitional programing, carry college credit and can be applied toward degree completion as elective hours; therefore, READ 1290 and ENGL 1300 are not considered remedial for SAP purposes.

  • Review of SAP

    The academic records of all students will be reviewed for SAP at the end of each academic term (fall, spring, and summer), and all students will be notified of their SAP status via institutional email once the calculations have been completed. Students who initially move into an unsatisfactory SAP status will be given one additional semester to meet SAP criteria. During this time, the student will be placed on a financial aid warning status. If a student fails to meet all SAP criteria by the end of the financial aid warning period, that student will become ineligible for all forms of aid (federal, state, and institutional) until such time as all SAP criteria have been met. Exception: students who fail the time limit component will immediately move to an ineligible SAP status and will not be granted a financial aid warning period.

  • SAP Appeals

    Students with unusual circumstances (e.g. death in the family, illness, or other circumstances beyond their control) may request the reinstatement of their financial aid by submitting an appeal form and supporting documentation to the office of financial aid. If a student’s appeal is granted, s/he will be placed on either a probationary status for one semester or, at the discretion of the financial aid office, an academic plan. If the appeal is denied, the student will become ineligible for all forms of financial aid (federal, state, and institutional) until s/he has met all SAP requirements.

    • In the event that a student is placed on probationary status, the student will be able to receive his/her financial aid for one additional semester.  If—at the end of the probationary period—the student has met all SAP requirements, the student will be placed back into an eligible status for financial aid and will continue receiving aid for as long as s/he continues to maintain his/her SAP requirements.  If—on the other hand—a student has not met all SAP requirements by the end of the probationary period, the student will become ineligible for financial aid until such time that all SAP requirements have been met.
    • If a student requires more than one semester to meet SAP standards, the student may be placed on an academic plan for a determined period of time while s/he works to meet his/her SAP components. In the event that a student is placed on an academic plan, that student will be required to meet a series of pre-defined academic goals in order to maintain his/her financial aid eligibility. Students who are placed on an academic plan and who fail to meet all of their pre-defined requirements will lose their eligibility for federal, state, and institutional eligibility until such time as they are meeting all of their SAP components. The academic plan will persist until such time as (1) the student has met all SAP components and no longer needs to be placed on an academic plan, (2) the student fails to meet the pre-defined requirements expressly listed in their academic plans or (3) the student fails to maintain continuous, full-time enrollment. 

    Only one appeal may be submitted per unusual circumstance occurrence.  All appeal decisions are final and may not be re-appealed. All claims made in the appeal must be substantiated with supporting documentation. If a student is unable to provide documentation that substantiates his/her reason for requesting an appeal, his/her appeal cannot be approved. If a student or parent has a question about what type of supporting documentation should be submitted with the appeal, the student or parent should contact the Office of Financial Aid via; the office will be glad to provide guidance. 

    All appeals will be carefully reviewed by the financial aid committee, and students will be notified via their NGU email account as to the outcome of the appeal decision.

  • SAP Status Definitions

    Eligible SAP Status – A student that is placed in an eligible SAP status has satisfactorily met the qualitative, quantitative, and time limit components of SAP. A student in an eligible SAP status is eligible for financial aid.

    Financial Aid Warning Status – A student that is placed in a financial aid warning status has initially failed one or more components of SAP. A student in a financial aid warning status is given one additional semester to meet his/her SAP components (this additional semester is referred to as a financial aid warning period). If—at the end of the financial aid warning period—the student has not met all of his/her SAP components, the student will advance to an ineligible status.

    Ineligible SAP Status – A student that is placed in an ineligible SAP status has exhausted his/her financial aid warning and is still not meeting all of his/her SAP components. A student in an ineligible SAP status is not eligible for any form of financial aid until such time as s/he meets all of his/her SAP components.

    Probationary SAP Status – A student that is placed in a probationary SAP status has applied and been approved for a satisfactory academic progress appeal immediately following being placed in an ineligible SAP status. A student in a probationary SAP status is given one additional semester to meet his/her SAP components (this additional semester is referred to as a financial aid probationary period). If—at the end of the financial aid probationary period—the student has not met all of his/her SAP components, the student will advance to an ineligible status.

    Academic Plan SAP Status – A student that is placed in an academic plan SAP status has applied and been approved for a satisfactory academic progress appeal immediately following being placed in an ineligible SAP status. A student in an academic plan SAP status is eligible for financial aid so long as s/he completes all of the terms and conditions associated with his/her academic plan. Students who fail to meet the requirements of their academic plan will advance to an ineligible status.

Financial Aid Policies

The SAP policy applies to all students. The Consortium Agreement applies to NGU students taking courses at another university.

Verification Forms

Approximately one third of all FAFSAs are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. This means the University must “verify” the FAFSA was completed correctly. We will notify you by email (email address submitted to FAFSA) if you are selected.

General Forms

What if you want to apply your aid to summer school? Graduate early? Explain your academic progress? There’s probably a form for that.

Identity Forms

Various aid programs require confirmation of your identity, residency, citizenship, etc.

A complete listing of all institutional scholarships is available in the catalog.

Financial aid for graduate studies includes need-based aid, scholarships, and assistantships.

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