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S.C. Scholarships For College

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program

  • The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established in 1988 to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors and encourage these students to attend college in the State.
  • Palmetto Fellows may receive up to $6,700 their freshman year and up to $7,500 for their sophomore, junior and senior years.
  • Student Requirements – Rank in the top 6% at the end of the 10thor the 11th , or the 12th grade academic year,Earn a 1200 on the SAT/27 on the ACT (through the June test administration of the graduating year),Earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA (based on the SC UGP), not all schools require rank therefore the requirements are: 1400 SAT, 32 ACT and a 4.0 SC UP GPA.
  • Opportunities to Apply:  Early Award: Mid-October – December 15, Late Award: Mid-April – June 15th

LIFE Scholarship Program

  • LIFE Scholarship may be used towards the cost-of-attendance for up to eight terms based on the students’ initial college enrollment date. Student’s 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.
  • Life scholarships- Four year public & independent- Up to the cost-of-attendance, not to exceed $4,700, plus a $300 book allowance, Two-year Public and Independent- Up to the cost-of-tuition at USC Regional campuses plus a $300 book allowance, not to exceed $5,000, Technical-Up to the cost-of-tuition plus a $300 book allowance, not to exceed $5,000
  • Student Requirements – Earn a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) based on the SC Uniform Grading Scale upon
    high school graduation, Score an 1100 on the SAT or an equivalent 24 on the ACT, Rank in the top 30% of the graduating class.


SC HOPE Scholarship Program

  • The SC HOPE Scholarship Program was established under the SC Education Lottery Act . It is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships, but graduate from high school with at least a B average.
  • Students attending an eligible four-year public or private college or university will receive up to $2,800*(including a $300 book allowance) towards the cost-of-attendance during the first-year of attendance only.
  • Student Requirements: Earn a cumulative 3.0 grade point ratio (GPR) based on the Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) upon high school graduation, be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation,  Enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student.

SC Need-Based Grant Program

  • The General Assembly established the S.C. Need-based Grant Program in 1996 to provide additional financial assistance to South Carolina’s neediest students attending eligible SC public institutions. 
  • SC Need-Based Grant program provides, Up to $2,500 per year if enrolled full-time or up to $1,250 per year if enrolled part-time, Up to eight (8) full-time equivalent terms of funding, Foster care youth may receive the maximum award in addition to Need-based Grant funds specifically for foster care youth.  The youth must complete the required form and provide the required additional documentation in order to receive additional funds.
  • Opportunities to apply: Deadline is May 1st

Lottery Tuition Assistance

  • The purpose of the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP) is to provide resources to the extent that funds are available that supplement existing resources for educational purposes to South Carolina residents.
  • Lottery Tuition Assistance may be awarded for the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. For the current academic year, 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.
  • Student Requirements: File the Free (FAFSA) Application form, Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance toward completion of a
    certificate, diploma, or degree; earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale for graduation purposes by the end of each academic year
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