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State Aid

Financial assistance is available to undergraduate South Carolina residents attending college at a South Carolina institution.  CIU is authorized by the SC Commission on Higher Education to award state aid based on both need and academic achievement.

For state aid a student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours in fall and spring semesters.

The following chart gives an explanation of financial assistance available to South Carolina students attending CIU:

Name of AwardEligibility RequirementsAmount of AwardHow to ApplyRenewal Policy

South CarolinaTuition Grant

Rank in the top 75% of high school class; 2.0+ GPA; 900+ SAT or 19+ ACT; must also have financial need

Must be a full time undergraduate student

Determined each year by SC General AssemblySubmit FAFSA by June 30Submit FAFSA by June 30; complete minimum 24 credit hours per academic year; sign SC certification form
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

Academic Excellence - Contact your High School Guidance Counselor for details

Must be a full time undergraduate student

$6,700 Freshman year $7,500 Sophomore, Junior and Senior years

Awarded by the SC Commission on HIgher Education;  www.che.sc.gov

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

SC LIFE Scholarship

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

Must be a full time undergraduate student

$5,000Awarded based upon high school transcript for freshman year; awarded based upon college transcript after freshman yearSubmit FAFSA; maintain a cumulative LIFE GPA of 3.0+; complete 30 credit hours per academic year; sign SC certification form
SC HOPE Scholarship (freshmen only)

HS GPA of 3.0+ based upon the SC Uniform Grading Scale

Must be a full time undergraduate student

$2,800

Awarded based upon high school transcript for freshman year; may qualify for LIFE Scholarship based upon college transcript after freshman year

Not renewable, however a student may qualify for the LIFE Scholarship after their first year.