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 institution in South Carolina. The 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.
What is the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement?
The General Assembly established the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement in order to increase the number of students in the State majoring in mathematics and science and to increase the access to higher education, improve the employability of South Carolina's students so as to attract business to the State, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Students enrolled at two-year institutions are not eligible to receive a LIFE Scholarship Enhancement. Students can receive the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement beginning their second/sophomore year in college (based on initial date of college enrollment).
A) Increase ACCESS to higher education
B) Improve EMPLOYABILITY of South Carolina students
C) Provide INCENTIVES for students to be better prepared for college
D) Encourage students to GRADUATE from college on time
E) LIFE Scholarship Enhancement's purpose is to increase the number of students in the State majoring in mathematics and science
General Eligibility Requirements:
A) Graduate from high school or complete a home school program as prescribed by law;
B) Attend an eligible South Carolina public or private college or university;
C) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) at the time of high school graduation and be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes at the time of high school graduation;
D) Be enrolled as a full-time degree-seeking student;
E) Certify that he or she has never been convicted of any felonies and has not been convicted of any second of subsequent alcohol or other drug-related misdemeanor convictions within the past academic year;
F) Verify that he or she is not in default and does not owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid;
G) Must not be a SC HOPE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance recipient.
H) For a LIFE Scholarship Enhancement, students must attend an eligible four-year South Carolina public or private college or university.