The HOPE Scholarship is a nonrenewable scholarship for entering freshmen residents of South Carolina who are enrolled full-time. Awards are made automatically; no scholarship application is required.
Terms of Eligibility
The HOPE Scholarship may be received for no more than two semesters and only during first year of college enrollment. After the first year, eligibility may be established for the LIFE Scholarship.
The HOPE Scholarship award amount is determined annually by the South Carolina General Assembly. Currently, the maximum value is $2,800 ($2,650 related to tuition plus $150 based on the costs of textbooks).
Note: The HOPE Scholarship in combination with all other scholarships and grants may not exceed the cost of attendance as defined by Title IV regulations.
The HOPE Scholarship is credited to your student account to satisfy any charges. Excess aid is refunded to the student. The HOPE Scholarship is only available during the fall and spring semesters.
Dropping below Full-Time or Withdrawing
If you are receiving the HOPE Scholarship, or any other financial aid, dropping below full-time status or withdrawing completely, may affect your eligibility to receive aid. Under some circumstances, withdrawing from the University may require you to repay part or all of any financial aid received. Before taking this action, you should contact the Office of Revenue and Receivables (G-08 Sikes Hall) to determine the effect on your financial obligations.
This information is subject to change by either the South Carolina General Assembly or the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. You may view the most recent guidelines for the HOPE program at http://www.che.sc.gov/StudentServices/HOPE/HOPEhmpg.htm.