Financial Aid

South Carolina Grant/Scholarships

All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students who submit a FAFSA expand their financial aid opportunities, regardless of their demonstrated financial need.

Eligibility for grants, loans and student employment further reduce your costs.

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

To be eligible for the LIFE Scholarship, a student must graduate from a South Carolina high school, be a full-time degree-seeking student at an eligible institution, be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment at the institution, and not convicted of a felony or have an alcohol/drug conviction. Initial eligibility requirements at four-year institutions: Student must meet two of the following criteria: Earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA based on the S.C. Uniformed Grading Policy (UGP) upon high school graduation; rank in the top 30% of the graduating class; score at least 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT through June of their senior year. The amount of the scholarship is up to $5,000 (including a $300 book allowance) each academic year toward the cost of attendance at an eligible four-year institution in S.C. Funding is limited to eight (8) consecutive terms for the first bachelor’s degree or ten (10) consecutive terms for the first approved five-year bachelor’s degree. Please ask your high school counselor or contact the Financial Aid Office at Claflin for further information.

South Carolina HOPE Scholarship

The Hope Scholarship is available to first-time entering freshman only attending an eligible four year-institution in S.C. Eligibility requirements for the S.C. HOPE Scholarship include: Student must earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on the S.C. Uniformed Grading Policy upon high school graduation; be a S.C. resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment; not be recipients of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, LIFE Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance; and must meet all general eligibility criteria. The amount of the scholarship is up to $2,800 (including a $300 book allowance) toward the cost of attendance. Funding is up to two (2) consecutive terms.

Palmetto Fellow Scholarship

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established in 1988 to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors and encourage these students to attend college in the state. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is administered by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Palmetto Fellows may receive up to $6,700 their freshman year and up to $7,500 for their sophomore, junior and senior years. Half of the scholarship is awarded in the fall term and half in the spring term. The scholarship must be applied directly toward the cost of attendance, less any other gift aid received. Assuming continued eligibility, Palmetto Fellows may receive scholarship funding for a maximum of eight (8) full-time terms of study toward their first bachelor’s degree at an eligible four-year institution in South Carolina.

Applications for early awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by the date established in December of each academic year. Students must meet one of the following set of academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the early awards (students cannot use the early awards criteria to apply during the final awards):

Palmetto Fellows & LIFE Scholarship Enhancements

Recipients of the Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship Enhancements attending eligible four-year institutions in S.C. may qualify for up to $2,500 in additional funds beginning with their sophomore year. Funding would be up to six (6) consecutive terms toward the first bachelor’s degree or eight (8) consecutive terms toward the first approved five-year bachelor’s degree.

To be eligible, a student must be a recipient of the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, and earn at least 14 credit hours of instruction in an approved mathematics or life and physical sciences or a combination of both by the end of the first year of college enrollment.

The recipient must declare an approved major in science or mathematics. For eligible majors, courses and institutions, visit the Commission’s website at

South Carolina Tuition Grant

The South Carolina Tuition Grant was established to provide need-based grant assistance to eligible S.C. undergraduate students attending, on a full-time basis, eligible independent non-profit in-state colleges. 

Initial requirements: You must complete and submit the FAFSA by June 30th of each academic year; be a resident of S.C.; parent(s) be a resident of S.C.; attend an independent college in S.C.; and meet academic standards eligibility:

Freshman: must graduate in the upper 75% of their high school class, score 900 or above on the SAT or 19 or above on the ACT, and have a 2.0 GPA;

Upperclassmen: must successfully complete at least 24 semester hours each year, have a 2.0 GPA, meet Claflin’s academic standards, and be eligible by the SC Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission.

Awards up to $2,700 per academic year for up to eight (8) semester terms.

Out-of-State Assistance: Out-of-state students are encouraged to research in their home states whether state grant funding is available to attend out-of-state schools.

Claflin’s South Carolina State Grant/Scholarships are administered by South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

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