The federal and state government offer several grants to meet some of the costs of a college education.

Unlike a loan, a grant is a “need-based” award that does not have to be repaid, as long as you meet the designated award criteria. Grants are typically funded by the federal and state governments, the College and some private donors.

Federal Grants


Federal Pell Grant »

Federal Pell Grants provide awards from $605 to $5,645 per year. The actual amount you receive depends on your estimated family contribution (how much you or your family is expected to pay for your education), your status as a student (whether you’re going to school full-time or part-time), and whether you attend school for the full academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) »

This grant is for students showing exceptional financial need, and students who receive Federal Pell Grants are given priority. Awards range from $100 to $4,000 per year and depend on several factors, including when you apply for the grant and your level of need.

TEACH Grant »

The TEACH Grant provides funds to postsecondary students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a teaching career and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field in a school serving low-income students. Eligible full-time students may receive $4,000 per year (and a maximum of $16,000) for undergraduate study.

South Carolina Grants


South Carolina Tuition Grant »

South Carolina residents attending a designated independent, non-profit college within the state may qualify for this grant. Further eligibility and grant amount depend on your family resources, academic record, the cost of the college you will attend, and final legislative funding.