State Grant Programs

South Carolina Need-Based Grant

The South Carolina Need-Based Grant (SCNBG) is awarded based on financial need.

Requirements to receive a South Carolina Need-Based Grant

  • Must be a South Carolina resident.
  • Must have a South Carolina high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in a valid program consisting of at least 16 credit hours.
  • Must not have earned an associate degree or higher.
  • Must not have a criminal record or a drug-related conviction.

Other program requirements apply. 

GTC Vocational Grant

This institutional tuition grant is given to the top vocational high school students each year. This grant applies to the cost of tuition only for one academic year and is valued at $500 per semester. Recipients must be recommended by their career center or vocational high school.

SC Lottery Tuition Assistance

The South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance (SCLTA) is a state grant with award amounts which are subject to change. The award is applied to tuition and fees, not books. If students have enough grant funds to cover the cost of their tuition and fees, they will not receive SCLTA. If grants cover only a portion of tuition and fees, they will receive SCLTA not to exceed the uncovered portion of their tuition and fees nor the maximum of the SCLTA for which they are eligible.

To be eligible for lottery funds, a student

  • Must be a South Carolina resident.
  • Must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be admitted in certificate, diploma or associate degree program.
  • Must be enrolled in at least six credit hours.
  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Cannot owe a refund or repayment of a state grant, a Pell Grant, or an FSEOG.
  • Cannot be in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Loan, or William D. Ford programs.
  • Cannot be a LIFE scholarship recipient.
  • Must not have received a LIFE scholarship or Palmetto Fellows scholarship in fall or spring at another college.  

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