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South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program


Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 100

The financial aid office on each public college campus administers the Need-based Grant Program. The S.C. Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission administers the Need-based Grant Program for independent colleges and universities as a part of the Tuition Grants Program. A student may receive up to $2,500 annually if enrolled full-time at a public institution and up to $1,250 annually if enrolled part-time at a public institution. Students may receive up to two terms of the Need-based Grant in any combination of the fall, spring or summer terms. Half of the grant is awarded in the fist semester and half is awarded in the second semester, assuming continued eligibility. The college at which the student is enrolled determines the exact amount, less any other gift aid received. The grant must be applied directly towards the cost-of-attendance at the college for a maximum of eight full-time equivalent terms. Students 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.

General Eligibility Requirements:

In order to qualify for consideration for a South Carolina Need-based Grant, a student must meet ALL of the following minimum requirements each academic year:

A) Be a needy student as defined by Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs for determining eligibility for federal student financial aid. The student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form;

B) Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident who meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen under State residency statutes;

C) Be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes;

D) Be enrolled at the time of the grant disbursement in a minimum of twelve credit hours if full-time or six credit hours if part-time for the term at an eligible public institution;

E) Have not been convicted of any felonies or been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor offenses within the past academic year by submitting a signed affidavit to the financial aid office at the institution at which the student is enrolled;

F) Does not owe a refund or repayment on a State Grant, Pell Grant, or a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and not be in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan program; and

G) Complete any other documentation required by the financial aid office at the institution at which the student is enrolled


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