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State Financial Aid Programs

  • LIFE Scholarships
    Merit scholarship for full-time students: $4,700 a year if you attend SC four-year college, up to cost-of-tuition if you attend two-year college. No application ... automatic award. But freshman eligibility requirements increase each year, so hit the books!

  • Palmetto Fellows Scholarships
    Merit scholarship for students who attend SC four-year college full-time: up to $6,700 for freshman year and up to $7,500 for each of the following three years. Requires certain scores be achieved on standard tests plus minimum GPA. Student's school counselor must submit application and required documents for student to be considered.

  • South Carolina HOPE Scholarships
    Merit scholarship for entering freshmen who attend SC four-year college full-time, graduated from high school with at least a B average, and who do not qualify for LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships: $2,800 for one year only. No application ... automatic award.

  • Gamecock Guarantee
    University of South Carolina need-based financial and academic-support program. Students are eligible for the program if their family income is below 150 percent of the federal poverty level and the student is a first-generation college student. Available for all four years if meet all requirements. No separate application outside of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ... automatic award.

  • Need-Based Grants
    $2,500 a year for full-time students, $1,250 for part-time. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
    Up to $1,140 a term for full-time, $95 per credit hour for part-time students who attend SC two-year college. Applicants must not be recipient of HOPE, LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • South Carolina Teacher Loans
    For education majors. Up to $2,500 a year for freshmen and sophomores, $5,000 for juniors and seniors. Loans can be canceled by teaching in South Carolina public schools in critical geographic and subject matter areas.

  • South Carolina Student Loan Corporation
    A private, non-profit organization that makes many types of college loans to South Carolina students and their parents.

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