South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance (SCLTA)

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance (SCLTA) is available for eligible full-time students (12 or more credit hours) and eligible part-time students. The maximum award may change each term but for Fall 2017 the estimated award is $1,140 for eligible full-time students or $95 per credit hour for eligible part-time students.

About your LTA award

Important notes about your Lottery Tuition Assistance award:

  • S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance award is applied to tuition and required fees of all students, not books and course related fees.
  • If you receive sufficient federal or state grants that cover your cost of tuition, then funds provided by the S.C. Educational Lottery will not be applied to your account. Students can receive a combination of grants and S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance; however, the amount applied to one's account will never exceed the cost of tuition.
  • In order to receive S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance for a designated semester, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or FAFSA Waive Form must be submitted on or before the last day of classes for that semester.


To be considered eligible for SCLTA, a student:

  • Must be a South Carolina resident
  • Must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must be admitted in a certificate, diploma, or associate degree program
  • Must be enrolled in at least six credit hours
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress  
  • Must demonstrate progression if they have received a certificate, degree, or associate degree during the last 5 years
  • Cannot owe a refund or repayment of a state grant, Pell grant, or FSEOG
  • Cannot be in default on student loans
  • Cannot be a LIFE scholarship recipient 

SCLTA Progression

Students can only receive S.C. Lottery funds to earn one certificate, diploma, or degree in a five-year period. The exception is: if any additional certificate, diploma, or degree you want to pursue is determined to be "progression in the same field of study" by the college. See some examples below:

  • Certificate earned = Welding -- "Progression" could be enrollment in an advanced Welding certificate or diploma Welding; or any Technology Division degree
  • Diploma earned = Surgical Technology - "Progression" could be enrollment in Associate Degree Nursing or other Health Sciences degree
  • Certificate earned = Web Design or Networking - Progression could be enrollment in Computer Technology degree