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Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships

Facts:  Requirements:
  • Scholarships from the State of South Carolina.
  • Pays full tuition and fees.
  • Awarded fall and spring semesters.
  • NOT based on financial need.
  • Required Remedial Courses are allowed for students receiving financial assistance.   However, Federal regulations limit the amount of required remedial courses paid by financial aid to one year or 30 semester hours.  Once a student has attempted 30 semester hours, financial aid will not be renewed until the student is accepted and enrolled in their curriculum courses.
  • Additional information is available on the Internet at: www.SCcollegeaid.org.
  • Cannot receive lottery tuition assistance if you receive LIFE.
  • Students are allowed to defer two terms of LIFE eligibility due to required enrollment in developmental classes at FDTC.  Students can waive their LIFE scholarship for two semesters of their first year of college enrollment due to developmental classes in both semesters OR for fall semester only.  The student must complete the LIFE Scholarship Deferral form and meet with FA Counselor.  For further details, please meet with the FA Assistant Director.

Entering Freshman must...

  • Be a South Carolina resident.
  • Be a SC High School graduate.
  • Have 3.0 high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet with your admissions counselor to have initial eligibility verified.
  • NOT have felony or drug or alcohol convictions in preceding 12 months/calendar year have any felony convictions.
  • Be enrolled in 12 credit hours of regular courses in an eligible program.  This EXCLUDES remedial courses.
  • COMPLETE 30 CREDIT HOURS,  EARN A 3.00 CUMULATIVE GPA, AND MEET ALL OTHER QUALIFICATIONS BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.  (You may choose to enroll in 15 credit hours fall and spring semester or take 12 hours fall and spring semesters and enroll in 6 credit hours for the summer semester.)
  • Sign the Life Scholarship Affidavit form.

Continuing or Transfer Student must...

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cum GPA  from all colleges attended.
  • NOThave felony or drug or alcohol convictions in preceding 12 months/calendar year.
  • COMPLETE 30 CREDIT HOURS,  EARN A 3.00 CUMULATIVE GPA, AND MEET ALL OTHER QUALIFICATIONS BY THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.   (You may choose to enroll in 15 credit hours fall and spring semester or take 12 hours fall and spring semesters and enroll in 6 credit hours for the summer semester.)  This is adjusted to 15 hours if enrollment started in January.
  • Complete a LIFE Scholarship Eligibility form (available in the FDTC Financial Aid Center or Registrar's office) and submit it to the Registrar.
  • Must sign the Life Scholarship Affidavit form.
How To Apply
  • Apply to the College and be admitted to an eligible program of study.
  • Submit high school transcript showing graduation and minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • If you are a continuing student, the Registrar will verify your GPA and total credit hours completed.
  • If awarded the Life Scholarship, you must sign an affidavit form.
  • You may also be eligible for LIFE Scholarship Enhancement