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Lottery Tuition Assistance

Lottery Tuition Assistance now pays more than half of technical college tuition for South Carolina residents!

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance is funded by the State of South Carolina and is available to students attending OCtech as long as they meet all eligibility requirements. Students who desire to
apply for lottery tuition assistance benefits must apply for all federal and state grants first by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must also be accepted in a certificate,
diploma, or degree program; must be registered for at least six (6) credit hours; and must be legal residents of the state of South Carolina.

The maximum award for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,140 for eligible full-time students and $95 per credit hour for eligible part-time students per semester. If you have not already submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need to do so before the college's Financial Aid Office can determine your eligibility for lottery-funded tuition assistance. Lottery Tuition Assistance award amounts are subject to change each term based on the number of eligible recipients and available funding.  The amount students can use toward tuition and fee charges is based on the amount of tuition charges remaining on the account after grants, scholarships or waivers have been transmitted to their account.  For example, if a student receives $400 in federal grants and $200 in need-based grants, $600 will be applied against the student's tuition before lottery-funded tuition assistance will be applied.

If a student receives the LIFE Scholarship or a tuition waiver, he or she will not receive the Lottery Tuition Assistance award.  Lottery Tuition Assistance cannot be used for books or supplies or be disbursed to the student by check.

After attempting twenty-four (24) credit hours, students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year (fall, spring, summer).  The students can only apply Lottery Tuition Assistance toward one certificate, diploma or associate degree program every 5 years, unless the additional certificate, diploma or associate degree is necessary for progress in a field of study.

IMPORTANT: Students may use their LIFE Scholarship award at a technical college, but they will not be eligible for lottery-funded tuition assistance.