Paralegal Certificate Financing Options
What's your next step?
While USC’s Paralegal Certificate Program focuses on quality of education, we also understand your need for an affordable professional training program. The program cost is $4995, which includes tuition, access to our online portal, and all books and materials. To mitigate the cost of the program, USC offers several financial options:
Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
The University of South Carolina's continuing education division has an account with Sallie Mae for continuing education training. Sallie Mae will evaluate your credit score and recommends a co-borrower for those with low scores or minimal credit history. To apply online for a continuing education loan with Sallie Mae, please CLICK HERE.
NOTE: Some programs sell out weeks before the start date. If you plan to apply for a Sallie Mae loan, begin your application early to allow adequate processing time. Please use the following account when applying:
University of South Carolina – Columbia Continuing Ed 003448-98.
Standard Commercial Loans
Before selecting a loan program, be careful to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Financial programs all vary in repayment timelines, APRs, and more. Some factors to consider before financing include:
- Investigate every financing option and program available including your local credit union or bank.
- Look for a plan that offers the most flexibility in repayments and charges a reasonable interest rate.
- Borrow as little as possible.
- Understand your personal credit history. Personal credit information can be found at the following agencies; Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. South Carolina residents can receive a free credit report from these agencies by calling thes numbers:
- Equifax: 1-800-685-1111
- Experian: 1-888-397-3742
- Trans Union: 1-800-888-4213
Workforce Investment Act Funding (WIA)
A wide range of free services are available to unemployed job seekers at one-stop workforce center https://www.sconestop.org/ including job search assistance and job matching; labor market information about high-demand jobs and salary ranges; help in exploring training/education opportunities; and financial aid application assistance. Contact the one-stop workforce center https://www.sconestop.org/ serving your area to learn about the specific services available in your community, and to learn about new customer orientations.
Some customers are eligible for Workforce Investment Act training funding if certain criteria or conditions are met. Eligibility requirements for training services are somewhat different in each area, based on local workforce needs. Job seekers must work with a career counselor to determine eligibility for funding. Contact your area for information on training funds http://www.dew.sc.gov/jobs-training.asp
Career counselors are available to help you:
- Explore careers and assessing skills, abilities and interests
- Learn about specialized services for persons who are laid off, persons with disabilities, and older workers
- Address special needs or circumstances that make it hard to get or keep a job
- Put together a financial aid strategy to help meet the expenses of education and training
- Arrange support services such as childcare or transportation while attending school or working
Contact the one-stop workforce center serving your area to learn about the specific services available in your community, and to learn about new customer orientations.
USC Certificate programs currently approved for WIA training funding include:
- Paralegal Certificate
- Six Sigma Certificate
- Grant Writing
- Project Management
NOTE: Our professional programs are non-credit adult continuing education. As such, they are not eligible for funding through many state and federal financial aid programs or any program for which a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) would be required.