State Aid

State Aid for Undergraduates

As a South Carolina resident attending college in state, you may qualify for state aid which is awarded based on  both need and academic achievement.

To qualify, you must be you must be a full-time student enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours in the Fall and Spring semesters.

South Carolina Tuition Grant

  • Eligibility Requirements: Rank in the top 75% of high school class; 2.0+ GPA; 900+ SAT or 19+ ACT

  • Award Amount: Determined each year by SC General Assembly

  • How to Apply: Submit FAFSA by June 30

  • Renewal Policy: Submit FAFSA by June 30; complete minimum 24 credit hours per academic year; sign SC certification form

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

  • Eligibility Requirements: Academic excellence (Contact your high school guidance counselor for details.)

  • Award Amount: $6,700 freshman year; $7,500 Sophomore; junior and senior years

  • How to Apply: Awarded by the SC Commission on Higher Education

  • Renewal Policy: Submit FAFSA; maintain 3.0 GPA and complete 30 hours per academic year;  sign SC certifications form

South Carolina Life Scholarship

  • Eligibility Requirements: Must meet two of these three: 3.0+ high school GPA based on the SC Uniform Grading Scale; 1100+ SAT/24+ ACT; or top 30% of graduating class

  • Award Amount: $5,000

  • How to Apply: Awarded based on high school transcript for freshman year; awarded based on college transcript after freshman year

  • Renewal Policy: Submit FAFSA; maintain a cumulative LIFE GPA of 3.0+; complete 30 credit hours per academic year; sign SC certification form

South Carolina Hope Scholarship

  • Eligibility Requirements: High school GPA of 3.0+ based on the SC Uniform Grading Scale

  • Award Amount: $2,800

  • How to Apply: Awarded based on high school transcript for freshman year; may qualify for LIFE Scholarship based on college transcript after freshman year

  • Renewal Policy: Not renewable. You may qualify for the LIFE Scholarship after your first year.