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Bursar's Office


Departments can transfer past due accounts of current students to Student Collections. In addition to delinquent debts, our collections department helps to recover the money owed to the university by students no longer enrolled.

When your student account is placed with collections, you will no longer have the ability to access your account information or make payments online through Self Service Carolina.

Collections is also responsible for collecting outstanding debt from students who are no longer enrolled. Collective debt may include: Federal Perkins Student Loans, Health Profession Student Loans, Nursing Student Loans, Primary Care Loans or an outstanding account balance.

You must call the Bursar's Office in order to make payment arrangements.

Possible Penalties for Nonpayment

As the result of nonpayment, one or more of the following penalties are possible:

  • you may not be able to order transcripts
  • you cannot re-enroll at the university
  • we will not give you a credit clearance
  • you cannot receive your diploma
  • you will not be able to register for classes
  • your account may go to an outside collections agency

Payment Plans and Repayment Options

If you can't pay your debt in full, please talk to someone about your repayment options. You can call, email or stop by our office in person at 1244 Blossom Street, Columbia 29208.

Phone: 803-777-4233


If you have a hold from Student Collections, payment may be made by cash, cashier's check or money order. Please indicate the account holder name and the last 4 digits of the SSN.

You can mail the payment to:
Student Collections, the Bursar's Office
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208

Placement with a Collection Agency

If your account has been placed with an outside collection agency, you will receive a notification from the collection agency. All future contact about your account should be made directly to that agency.

View a list of collection agencies that may manage your account »

Dispute a Debt to the University

As a state agency, the University of South Carolina has the ability to report debts of $50.00 or greater and in arrears of 90 days or more to the S.C. Department of Revenue for potential setoff against the debtor's S.C. individual income tax refunds. Debtors have 30 days from the date of notification of the university's claim to file a written protest.

Learn more about the Setoff Debt Collection Act »

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