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Military Residency Requirements

Active Duty, Stations in South Carolina

Active Duty military personnel and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition if they are stationed in South Carolina. Once approved, they remain eligible as long as they remain continuously enrolled (fall and spring terms). Students are ineligible for South Carolina state scholarships.

To apply: Submit the military form and attach military orders showing active duty in South Carolina. Dependent students must also submit a copy of their parents’ most recently filed federal taxes showing the student being claimed as a dependent.    

Active Duty Stationed Outside of South Carolina

Active duty military personnel and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition if they are South Carolina residents but stationed elsewhere. They must have maintained South Carolina as their home of record on all military records. Students are eligible for consideration for South Carolina state scholarships.

To apply: Submit the military form and attach your Leave and Earning Statement (L&E) and two most recent years of South Carolina state taxes. Dependent students must also submit a copy of their parents’ most recently filed federal taxes showing the student being claimed as a dependent.   

Choice Act

Veterans and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition if they are using the veteran’s Chapter 30 or 33 benefits and were discharged within three years of college enrollment. In the case of dependents of veterans, the veteran’s Chapter 30 or 33 benefits must have been transferred to the student, and the student must be currently using the benefits. Students living off-campus must document that they are living in South Carolina. Once approved, students will be monitored each semester to ensure that Chapter 30 or 33 benefits are being used. If the benefits are exhausted or deferred, students will revert to nonresident status. Students are ineligible for South Carolina state scholarships.

To apply: Submit the military form and attach the veteran’s DD-214 and Chapter 30 or 33 Certificate of Eligibility.

Please note that students who are approved to pay in-state tuition will lose eligibility for nonresident scholarships, waivers and grants.