SOUTH CAROLINA NEED-BASED GRANT

The rules pertaining to the South Carolina Need-Based Grant Program currently state that in order for the student to qualify for current and renewal of the grant, the student must meet certain criteria. Students may view additional eligibility and renewal requirements via the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education website http://www.che.sc.gov.

Additional criteria and information to reference for South Carolina Need-based Grant qualifications include:

Current Requirements

  • Students may receive up to $2,500 annually if enrolled full time or up to $1,250 annually if enrolled part-time as a degree-seeking student.
  • If you withdraw from classes after the final add/drop date, you will still receive the SC Need-Based Grant. However, you would need to meet the renewal requirements should you be awarded the grant for an additional year
  • Students may only be considered for the South Carolina Need-Based Grant up to a maximum of eight full-time equivalent terms.
  • Students who have previously earned an Associate Degree and/or a Baccalaureate Degree are not eligible to receive the South Carolina Need-Based Grant.
  • Students with disabilities may be approved to take a reduced course load (instead of 12 credit hours) to meet the enrollment renewal 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.

Renewal Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • For graduation purposes, earn at least 24 credit hours each regular academic year if awarded a Need-based Grant as a full-time student for two terms or earn at least 12 credit hours each regular academic year if awarded a Need-based Grant as a part-time student for two terms. If a student is awarded a Need-based Grant for one semester of the academic year as a part-time student and the other semester as a full-time student, the student must earn at least 18 credit hours each regular academic year. If a student is awarded a Need-based Grant for only one semester of the academic year, the student must earn at least 12 credit hours each academic year if a full-time student or earn at least 6 credit hours each academic year if a part-time student.
  • Complete the FAFSA Form and continue to meet all initial eligibility requirements annually.

Remedial Coursework

Students enrolled in an eligible program of study may include remedial courses as part of the minimum number of required credit hours for part-time or full-time status, as long as such courses carry credit hours and meet Title IV limitations on remedial coursework.

Foster Care Recipients

For the current academic year, youths in the custody of the Department of Social Services (DSS) and attending a higher education in South Carolina are entitled to the maximum Need-based Grant of $2,500 if the student self-identifies by June 1st. Students who have aged out of the DSS system and are living independently may qualify. In addition, youths are eligible for additional funding of up to $2,000 above the $2,500 maximum.

  • To be eligible to receive the maximum award and additional funding, foster youths must self-identify their foster care status to either the institution's Financial Aid Office, the Commission on Higher Education, or the Department of Social Services and must complete a SC Need-Based Foster Care Waiver Form. The form must be submitted to the institution's Financial Aid Office, the Commission on Higher Education, and to the Department of Social Services. The form can be downloaded from the Commission on Higher Education's website at http://www.che.sc.gov/.