State Grants: South Carolina
residents who decide to attend an in-state institution (public or
private) may be eligible for a Life Scholarship or a Palmetto
Scholarship. The requirements for these awards seem to vary slightly
from year to year, as does the award. As information unfolds for next
year, information will be made available to students. There is not a
separate application required for the Life Scholarship –
colleges determine your eligibility based on your final GPA as computed
based on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.
Palmetto Fellows – Students must meet the following three
criteria to be eligible:
Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT.
Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale.
c) Rank in the top six percent of the class.
Life Scholarship – Students must meet at least
two of the following criteria to be eligible:
a) 3.0 GPA on the Uniform Grading Scale.
b) 1100 SAT or 24 ACT.
c) Top 30 percent of graduating class.
Scholarships : Many scholarship opportunities are
available through Army, Air Force, Marine, and Navy Reserve Officer
Training Corps. A student who is thinking of a career in the military
or who wants leadership experience should consider
applying.Outside Scholarships : Many
organizations and foundations offer scholarships for students attending
college. Conducting a search for scholarships in the community, through
your church, or on the web ( www.fastweb.com ) may provide applications
and the opportunity to qualify for outside scholarships.
SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID
info on financial aid, scholarships and scams!)
http://www.fastweb.com/(GREAT scholarship search site!)
http://www.fastaid.com/(scholarship search service)
* Scholarship applications are kept on file in the College Counseling Center
Need-Based Financial Aid
financial aid is determined from a federal formula (using the FAFSA
form – see below) and is primarily based on what a family can
reasonably be expected to contribute to their child's college
education. Using the family's contribution, the college will come up
with a financial aid package which can be made up of grants,
work-study, loans, and scholarships.
FAFSA gives you access to federal loans
and college work-study, and this form is used as the primary financial
aid form for most colleges. This form is processed without a fee and
should be filed as soon after January 1 as possible. The
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is a
supplemental aid application required by many institutions in addition
to their own form and/or the FAFSA. The College Scholarship Service of
the College Board administers the Profile; students must pay a
registration fee as well as a processing fee for each college aid
application. The Profile should be filled out early in the application
cycle and in accordance with the colleges' financial aid application
requirements. Both the FAFSA and the Profile can be submitted online (
www.fafsa.ed.gov and http://www.collegeboard.com/).