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Summer Disbursements of State Scholarships

A summer semester scholarship disbursement yields a potential for those eligible students who demonstrate they are on an accelerated track to graduation to earn a degree at a faster pace than on a traditional academic calendar. The availability of summer awards allows for a decreased time-to-degree alternative which in turn assists students in attaining educational goals at lower costs.

More information on summer course offerings can be found on the Summer Session page.

General Requirements for Determination of Summer Award Eligibility

  • The program for summer awards applies to Palmetto Fellows and LIFE programs.
  • For purposes of the summer awards, summer session is defined as the period between the end of the spring term and prior to the opening of the fall term. 
  • A student who has been verified as meeting all general and continued eligibility requirements at the end of the spring semester is eligible to participate in summer scholarship disbursements.
  • A student can only receive a summer scholarship disbursement at their home institution.

Student Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

To participate, a student must meet the following requirements by the end of the spring term in addition to meeting all general scholarship eligibility requirements.

  • Palmetto Fellows Scholarship- For participation in summer scholarship disbursement, at the end of the spring semester a recipient must:
    • Earn a cumulative 3.0 institutional GPA
    • Earn at least 30 credit hours of non-remedial coursework during the fall and spring terms, excluding AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, or exempted credit hours.
    • A summer session cannot be a scholarship recipient’s first term of enrollment.
  • LIFE Scholarship- For participation in summer scholarship disbursement, at the end of the spring semester a recipient must:
    • Earn a cumulative 3.0 LIFE GPA
    • Earn an average of at least 30 credit hours of non-remedial coursework during the fall and spring terms, including AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, CLEP or exempted credit hours.
    • A summer session cannot be a scholarship recipient’s first term of enrollment.
  • General Eligibility Requirements
    • A student must demonstrate having attempted and/or enrolled in a total of at least twelve credit hours over the course of the entire summer session to be awarded. Students who drop below 12 hours at any point during the summer and after receiving their Summer State Scholarship may lose their scholarship and will owe the University for any incurred expenses previously paid by the scholarship.
    • Participating students who are determined to be a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or a LIFE Scholarship recipient and have met the continued eligibility requirements at the end of the spring term are eligible for a fall award regardless of their academic performance over the summer. Continued eligibility for the scholarship will be reviewed at the end of the following spring term.

Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship Enhancements

A student who has been determined to have met continued eligibility for the PFS and LIFE Scholarship and has met the scholarship Enhancement eligibility requirement, is eligible to receive Enhancement funds for the summer session.

  • A student shall be verified for enrollment in an eligible major after the last day to drop/add a course of the first summer session of their enrollment.
  • A student who is in the first academic year and has met continued eligibility for the PFS scholarship and has met the Enhancement eligibility requirement at the end of the spring term, is eligible to receive Enhancement funds starting the immediate succeeding summer session.
    • A student who has not met the Enhancement eligibility requirement at the end of the spring term is still eligible to use the PFS or LIFE Scholarship for the summer session.  The summer session still may be used to earn PFS or LIFE Scholarship Enhancement eligibility during the first academic year only.
  • A student does not have the option of deferring Enhancement funds for a summer session, if the student opts into the program for receipt of the base PFS or LIFE Scholarship.

Summer Enrollment Form

Prior to disbursement of summer award, student must complete the following:

  • Complete Summer Enrollment Form and choosing Summer LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship option.
  • Mandatory meeting with a financial aid representative.