Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Financial Aid Disbursement Process

All financial aid disbursements made to students by Claflin University will occur only after the anticipated enrollment information contained on your award letter has been verified with the Registrar's Office. If the enrollment status has changed, the disbursement of financial aid will be delayed. For example, if your award is based on full-time enrollment and you are enrolled part-time, your aid will not be disbursed immediately and you should notify our office of the change.

You must be enrolled at least part-time in order to receive a Stafford Loan. Part-time is considered 3 hours for graduates and 6 hours for undergraduates. Satisfactory Academic Progress must also be verified for each award year before aid is disbursed. Year-based financial aid is typically disbursed to the student in two equal installments, one disbursement in fall and the other in the spring semester. The period of enrollment (Full Year/Fall Only/Spring Only) will determine when the disbursements are made to the student account. Aid is typically posted to student accounts the second week of classes.

Most financial aid awards credit to students' accounts. These awards include, but are not limited to, funds from the following sources:
  • Pell
  • SEOG
  • CAP
  • SCTG
  • Life Scholarship
  • Hope Scholarship
  • TEACH grants, Claflin scholarships
  • PLUS loans
  • Stafford loans

Financial aid will credit to your account if you have accepted the aid and an accurate record of your enrollment status is in the system. You must sign a promissory note for Stafford, PLUS and institutional loans. If you have been offered a Perkins or institutional loan, you will be contacted before the beginning of the semester concerning dates and procedures for signing these loans. Stafford loans also require completion of one-time entrance counseling in order to disburse. Some financial aid awards do not credit to student accounts. Federal work-study awards are issued to the student unless otherwise requested.

Institutional scholarships and grants may only be used to pay Claflin tuition expenses. You are responsible for paying the balance due by the due date after financial aid has been disbursed. Any financial aid resulting in a credit balance will be distributed to you by the Bursar's Office within 14 days. You will receive information regarding the due date of your bill with your statement of account each semester.

Financial aid is not automatically renewable. A FAFSA must be filled out each academic year. Reapplication for financial aid should be made as soon as possible after January 1.

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