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South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP)

The purpose of the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program is to provide resources that supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes to South Carolina's students. The program provides tuition assistance. The program will assist students who wish to attend two-year public or independent colleges in the State. In calculating the amount awarded in Lottery Tuition Assistance, any federal grants and Need-based Grants must be awarded first before determining the amount eligible in Lottery Tuition Assistance to be used for payment towards cost-of-tuition. A student may receive up to the cost-of-tuition. The college at which the student is enrolled will notify each student of the exact award amount.


General Eligibility Requirements
A  student must meet ALL of the following minimum requirements before being awarded:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and complete the process to determine eligibility for federal student aid each academic year;
  • Be  a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes;
  • Be a full-time or part-time degree-seeking undergraduate student and be making satisfactory academic progress towards an associate's degree;
  • Have no felony or drug/alcohol convictions;
  • Verify that he or she does not owe a refund or repayment on a State Grant, Federal Pell Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and is not in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan program; and
  • Not be eligible for or a recipient of the LIFE Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements for Retaining LTAP
To retain Lottery Tuition Assistance Program funds, a student must have a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) by the end of the academic year, after attempting 24 hours.


Length of Eligibility
Students shall not be eligible to receive Lottery Tuition Assistance for more than one certificate, diploma, or degree earned within any five-year period.


If you are awarded a LTAP, you must complete a certification statement at  The award will be on hold until the certification is received in the financial aid office.


The financial aid office administers the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program and the exact award amount is dependent upon the number of eligible recipients and the amount of funding each academic term.


Change in Residency

A change in your residency and fee payment status to non-resident will lead to the required repayment of your award for any enrollment period in which you are no longer classified as a resident and received a Lottery Tuition Assistance Award.


This information is subject to change by either the South Carolina Legislature or the Commission on Higher Education. You may view the most recent guidelines for Scholarships and Grants for SC Residents by visiting SC Commission on Higher Education. CLICK HERE for additional information.


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