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  • SOUTH CAROLINA Programs

  • Education benefits for South Carolina residents include:

    • Life Scholarship: The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program administered by the financial aid office at each eligible public and independent college and university in South Carolina. The LIFE Scholarship may be used towards the cost of attendance for up to eight terms based on the student's initial college enrollment date. Students must be enrolled in their first one-year program, first associate’s degree, first two-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree, first baccalaureate degree, or first professional degree.

    • Lottery Tuition Assistance: The SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Program was created to provide a supplemental resource to South Carolina residents two-year public or independent institutions. For the most recent academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms), eligible full-time students may receive up to $1,140 per term and eligible part-time students may receive $95 per credit hour to be used toward the cost-of-tuition.

    • Need-Based Grants: The purpose of the S.C. Need-Based Grant is to provide additional financial aid to South Carolina’s neediest students. A student may receive up to $2,500 annually if enrolled full-time or up to $1,250 annually if enrolled part-time as a degree-seeking student at an eligible S.C. public institution. 
  • General Eligibility Criteria for All State Programs:

    • Be a South Carolina resident.

    • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (green card).

    • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible South Carolina public or private institution.

    • Certify that the he/she has never been convicted of any felonies and has not been convicted of any alcohol or other drug-related misdemeanor convictions within the past academic year (excluding Lottery Tuition Assistance Program).

    • Verify that he/she does not owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid and not be in default on any Federal loans. 
  • Award Amounts:

    • Cannot exceed the cost-of-attendance (excluding Lottery Tuition Assistance, which can only be used toward the cost of-tuition)
    • Half awarded during the fall and half during the spring (LTAP may be awarded during the summer)
    • Generally can receive funds from only one program during an academic year

    These programs are administered by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education