Using your VIP ID and Password to Access Self Service Carolina

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Self Service Carolina?

Self Service Carolina (SSC) is where students and faculty go to manage their personal information and perform many common, day-to-day transactions. Students use SSC to register for classes, manage their financial aid information, and view their class schedule, while faculty use SSC to communicate with students and assign grades.

To sign in to Self Service Carolina, you’ll need your VIP ID and password.

What is my VIP ID?

Your VIP ID is an eight-digit number that has been assigned to you by USC, providing you access to multiple university sites including Self Service Carolina. If you have been offered admission to the university, you can find your VIP ID in your acceptance letter. You’re also given access to your VIP ID if you’ve applied for financial aid.

Lost or forgotten your VIP ID? If you'll be a new student in the fall, contact the UTS Service Desk.

If you're faculty, staff, or an existing student, use the VIP ID Lookup utility.

What is my USC ID?

Your USC ID is a unique combination of letters and numbers used by faculty and staff to securely manage student information and records. You may be asked to provide your USC ID to verify your identity. Please note that the USC ID is not the same thing as your SSN.

However, if you’re a newly admitted student you can use the last four digits of your Social Security Number to see your VIP ID and set your password. However, if you do not have an SSN or did not provide one on your admissions application, the last four digits of your USC ID are provided in your acceptance letter as an alternate way to access your VIP credentials.

What is my Network Username?

Your Network Username is a combination of your first and last names, and it may also include your middle initial and/or numbers. Your Network Username can be anywhere from 3-8 characters. You’ll use it to access your university email, university wired and wireless networks, Blackboard, and some college/department systems. To locate your Network Username or set your password, visit and sign in using your VIP ID and password.

Which ID do I need?

Use the following chart as to determine which ID you need to access different USC systems:

VIP ID Network
Self Service Carolina
Orientation and testing services
University email
Option to verify identity
Option to establish VIP ID for new students

I’ve applied for financial aid but have yet to submit an admissions application. Where can I check my financial aid status?

To view the status of your financial aid application, you’ll first need to establish your VIP ID and password and then sign in to Self Service Carolina.

Are there video tutorials that explain how to find my VIP ID and password and access Self Service Carolina?

Yes, we’ve developed tutorials for both students and faculty.

I have more questions. What should I do?

If you’re still experiencing problems with your VIP ID and password, or if you have other questions related to Self Service Carolina, please contact the UTS Service Desk:

Phone: 803-777-1800