SOUTH CAROLINA LIFE SCHOLARSHIP
The rules pertaining to the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship Program currently state that in order for the student to qualify for the scholarship under the current and/or renewal requirements, the student must meet certain criteria. Students may view additional eligibility and renewal requirements on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education website http://www.che.sc.gov
Additional criteria and information to reference for LIFE qualifications include:
- Enrollment in at least 12 college level (non-developmental/bridge) credits each semester to meet the full-time enrollment requirement. A student must complete a 30 annual credit hour requirement to qualify for renewal. NOTE: If you withdraw from classes after the final add/drop date, you will still receive the LIFE scholarship. However, you would need to attend the summer term to make up the needed credit hours for renewal (cannot receive Lottery Tuition Assistance).
- Students may only be considered for the LIFE Scholarship for two years from the date of initial college enrollment when working towards a two-year degree.
- Students who are LIFE Scholarship recipients are not eligible to receive the Lottery Tuition Assistance, except during the remediation period.
- Students with disabilities may be approved to take a reduced course load (instead of 12 credit hours) to meet the full-time enrollment requirement and the 30 annual credit hour requirement. The approval must come from Counseling and Career Development Services prior to the last day of the add/drop period. Please contact TTC's Counseling Services office for more information.
- Minimum cumulative LIFE GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
NOTE: Your TTC GPA may not be the same as your LIFE GPA. TTC's Academic Fresh Start and GPA policy do not apply to your LIFE Scholarship GPA eligibility. TTC's grading policy allows students to repeat a course in order to earn a higher TTC GPA. TTC uses the highest grade for the course to calculate your TTC GPA. The LIFE GPA policy calculates all college level grades from every college you attended in the grade point average.
- Annual credit hour requirement: minimum of 30 earned non-developmental/bridge credit hours after the first year of college. Developmental and bridge credit hours a student completes prior to the beginning of the fall term do not count toward earned hours.
- Students whose initial college enrollment begins spring semester (i.e. January), have renewal requirements of 15 credit hours and a 3.0 LIFE GPA prior to the beginning of the fall term, and earn 30 credit hours per year, thereafter.
- If the student fails to earn the 3.0 LIFE GPA or complete the required number of credit hours during the fall and/or spring term, the student may attend the summer semester to compensate for the deficit. The LIFE Scholarship will not cover expenses for the summer semester and student cannot receive lottery.
- Must complete a SC Scholarship Transcript form for TTC to contact your previous institution. The form is available online and in TTC's Financial Aid office.
- Must submit your official final college transcript from your previous institution(s).
Students who earned a 3.0 or higher high school GPA but are enrolled in at least three developmental/bridge credits (listed below) and less than 12 non-developmental/bridge credits, qualify to have their LIFE scholarship waived for remediation period.
- During the period of remediation, the student can receive lottery tuition assistance if enrolled in at least six credits.
- A student has only two terms of remediation.
- Any college level credits earned during this time will not go towards student's annual credit hour requirement.
- Once the student's remediation period is over and the student enrolls in at least 12 college level credits in the immediate fall term, they can begin receiving the LIFE scholarship based on high school requirements. See full details at http://www.che.sc.gov/
Students who are ineligible beginning with the fall term cannot be eligible for the scholarship again until the following fall term. All other eligibility requirements must have been met.
- Exception: Students, who met the high school GPA requirement but not the minimum enrolled 12 credit hour requirements in the fall can receive LIFE in the spring semester. However, students must meet the minimum 12-college level credit hour enrollment requirement.