Looking for Information on Lottery-funded Scholarships and Grants?
Columbia, SC (April 27, 2009) – Many students depend on some form of financial aid to attend college and further their education. Lottery-funded scholarships and grants are an excellent source of financial aid for South Carolina residents who attend an instate college or university. However, many students do not know where to turn for information on how to apply for lottery-funded scholarships and grants.
The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) neither administers nor awards lottery-funded scholarships and grants. The Lottery raises proceeds that are deposited into the Education Lottery Account and then appropriated by the General Assembly to support educational programs for students in the Palmetto State.
Financial aid opportunities supported with lottery proceeds includes the Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and S.C. HOPE Scholarships, as well as S.C. Need-based Grants, Lottery Tuition Assistance and the S.C. National Guard College Assistance Program. There are also enhancements for the Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship recipients who enroll in an eligible major in a South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) approved mathematics or science program.
Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) is a unique program for full- or part-time students of any age attending one of the colleges within the South Carolina Technical College System, one of the two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina, or an independent two-year college in the State. About one-third of all students in the South Carolina Technical College System received LTA funds during the last academic year and 44 percent of these recipients were 25 years of age or older. For information on LTA and how to apply, students should contact the financial aid office at the two-year institution they are planning to attend.
Students and parents interested in lottery-funded scholarships and grants, as well as other forms of financial aid, should contact CHE. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, you can visit their website at www.che.sc.gov or call their toll-free number at 877-349-7183.
Undergraduate students interested in attending one of South Carolina’s 21 independent non-profit institutions are eligible to apply for the Tuition Grant. While State Need-based Grants are available for students attending South Carolina’s public colleges, South Carolina Tuition Grants are for full-time students attending the state’s independent colleges. The application for the South Carolina Tuition Grant is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is available on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Applications may be submitted after January 1 with a deadline of June 30. A new application is required every year. For additional information concerning South Carolina Tuition Grants, contact the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission at 803-896-1120 or visit their website at www.sctuitiongrants.com.
The Lottery’s mission is to raise proceeds to support educational programs for students in the Palmetto State. For more information on where the money goes and descriptions of the various forms of lottery-funded financial aid, please visit http://www.sceducationlottery.com and click on the Education Wins link.
For More Information Contact:
Julie E. Huffman
SCEL Beneficiary Communications Coordinator
Office: (803) 737-2574
Fax: (803) 737-2893