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Looking for Information on Lottery-funded Scholarships and Grants?
3/22/2010 11:41:10 AM

Columbia, SC (March 22, 2010) – 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 in-state 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 financial aid opportunities supported with lottery proceeds include the Palmetto Fellows, LIFE, and S.C. HOPE Scholarships, as well as S.C. Need-based Grants and Tuition Grants, Lottery Tuition Assistance and the S.C. National Guard College Assistance Program. The South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) neither administers nor awards lottery-funded scholarships and grants.

Students and parents interested in lottery-funded scholarships and grants, as well as other forms of financial aid, should contact the Commission on Higher Education (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 1-877-349-7183 during regular business hours or from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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. For information on LTA, students should contact the financial aid office at the two-year institution they are planning to attend and visit www.sctechsystem.com/lta.html.

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, Tuition Grants are for full-time students attending the state’s independent colleges. For additional information, contact the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission at 803-896-1120 or visit their website at www.sctuitiongrants.com.

High school students interested in finding sources of financial aid are also encouraged to visit their high school guidance department. Students can meet with their guidance counselor before school, after school, or during lunch for face-to-face discussion concerning finding funds for college. Additionally, parents may access the guidance department for scholarship information or college applications and transcripts for their students.

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 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
Cell: (803) 667-2848
Email: Julie.huffman@sclot.com

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