The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education was established in 1967 and serves as the coordinating board for South Carolina’s 33 public institutions of higher learning. In addition to partnering with institutions to deliver an effective statewide higher education system, the CHE acts both as an oversight entity on behalf of the General Assembly, and an advocate for the citizens of South Carolina as they seek opportunities to improve their lives, and those of their families, through higher education. South Carolina provides direct support to students pursuing higher education through a number of need-based and merit-based scholarships and grants, however you must prove residency in the state of South Carolina to apply for state-funded financial aid.
The purpose of the S.C. Need-based grant is to provide additional financial aid to South Carolina's neediest students. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may receive up to a maximum of eight full-time equivalent terms. Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in their first one-year program, first associate's degree, first two-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree, first baccalaureate degree, or first pre-professional undergraduate degree, to include those pre-professional degree programs that may not require a baccalaureate degree at an eligible S.C. public institution. Applicants must maintain a 2.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.