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What is Lottery Tuition Assistance?
3/2/2009 3:17:12 PM

What is Lottery Tuition Assistance?

(March 2, 2009) Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) raises proceeds to support education programs for students of the Palmetto State. More than $1.1 BILLION has been appropriated to support scholarships and grants for students attending institutions of higher education. One form of financial aid provided through lottery proceeds is Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA).

LTA is a unique scholarship for full-time or part-time students of any age attending one of the colleges within the South Carolina Technical College System, one of the two-year branch campuses of the University of South Carolina, or an independent two-year college in the state. This makes LTA extremely flexible and perfect for students just out of high school or those who are thinking about a career change later in life. About one-third of all students in the South Carolina Technical College System received LTA funds during the 2007-08 academic year and 44 percent of these LTA recipients were 25 years of age or older.

“Lottery Tuition Assistance provides a source of financial aid to students whose state and federal grants do not cover the cost of their tuition, as well as students who are not eligible for state or federal grants,” said Dr. Russ Bumba, Senior Manager for Student Services and Research at the South Carolina Technical College System. “It has helped many South Carolina residents meet their educational and career goals.”

The value of lottery-funded scholarships and grants is evident to the students who have received funding. Kirk Adams is a 2008 graduate from York Technical College who received Lottery Tuition Assistance. “Without the assistance, I would have been unable to change my career path, return to school and learn computer engineering,” said Adams. “Not only am I receiving Lottery Tuition Assistance, both my children are LIFE Scholarship recipients.” The LIFE Scholarship is another form of financial aid receiving lottery appropriations.

Students of any age interested in applying for LTA need to contact the financial aid office of the institution they plan to attend. Information on LTA and other forms of lottery-funded scholarships and grants is available at the Commission on Higher Education’s website www.che.sc.gov. The South Carolina Technical College System’s website is www.sctechsystem.com.

Since the Lottery began in 2002, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2 BILLION from the Education Lottery Account (ELA) to fund higher education programs, K-12 programs, and other community education programs through June 2009. These proceeds supplement existing resources for educational purposes.

For More Information Contact:
Julie E. Huffman
SCEL Beneficiary Communications Coordinator
Office: (803) 737-2574
Fax: (803) 737-2893
Cell: (803) 667-2848
Email: Julie.huffman@sclot.com

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