SC State Aid

2018-2019 Statistics

In-state students receiving state aid:

89%

In-state receiving need-based aid as part of financial aid package:

74%

Average financial aid award for in-state students, including loans:

$33,885

Note:  Figures are projections based on fall 2018 financial aid packages. Changes in enrollment or individual student aid packages could produce slightly altered totals at year's end.

South Carolina Need Based Aid

South Carolina Tuition Grant (up to $3,450):
A need-based grant offered to SC residents attending private colleges. Please submit your FAFSA by June 30th to be considered for this grant.

State Merit Scholarships

Hope Scholarship ($2,800):
The SC HOPE Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship created for students attending a four-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded during the freshman year of attendance only.

Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information on how to qualify for the SC HOPE Scholarship.

Hope Scholarship FAQs

LIFE Scholarship ($5,000):
The SC 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.

Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information on how to qualify for the SC LIFE Scholarship.

LIFE Scholarship FAQs

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship ($6,700 and $7,500)
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors and encourage these students to attend college in the State. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is administered by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Palmetto Fellows may receive up to $6,700 their freshman year and up to $7,500 for their sophomore, junior and senior years.

Please contact your high school guidance counselor for more information on how to qualify for the SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship FAQs

LIFE and Palmetto Fellows STEM Enhancement ($2,500):
For Enhancement eligibility, LIFE and Palmetto Fellows recipients must declare a major in an approved math or science program. Recipients must also successfully complete at least fourteen credit hours of instruction in mathematics or life and physical science or a combination of both by the end of the first academic year. Eligible students may receive up to $2,500 per year beginning with their second/sophomore year of college enrollment.

Please see our handbook to learn what courses count toward the 14 credit hours.

How to transfer state aid:

Palmetto Fellows In-State Transfer
South Carolina Tuition Grant Transfer Form

Appeals

SC LIFE Scholarship Appeal Process
Palmetto Fellows Appeal Process
SC Tuition Grant Appeal Process