LIFE Scholarship

Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships

The LIFE program provides awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 per year based on an academic level and major. No application is needed as Clemson University will determine who qualifies. The awards may be received for up to four years (eight semesters) from the date that a student first enrolls as long as renewal requirements are met. The LIFE Scholarship may be earned after initial college enrollment. See information regarding "enhancements" below.

  • General Eligibility Requirements
    • U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens under state residency statutes.
    • South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and during the period of the award.
    • Graduated from a South Carolina high school or was a dependent of a parent or guardian who was a legal resident of South Carolina at the time of the student's high school graduation.
    • Full-time undergraduate seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
    • Must not have been judged delinquent, nor have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in any state.
    • Must not have been convicted of any second alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor in any state for 12 months prior to the period of the award.
    • Must not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on any federal or state financial aid.
  • Eligibility Requirements for Entering Freshmen
    • Must meet all general eligibility requirements
    • Must meet two of the three requirements listed below:
      • A 3.0 final high school grade point average based on the Uniform Grading Scale.
      • A minimum SAT score of 1100 (or 22 on the ACT - starting with the high school graduating class of 2023 and beyond).
      • Graduated in the top 30 percent of your high school class
  • Eligibility Requirements for Continuing Students
    • Must meet all general eligibility requirements
    • Earn an average of 30 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring, summer).
    • A total of 30 hours is required for a rising second-year student, 60 for a rising third-year student and 90 for a rising fourth-year student.
      • Any credit hours earned before high school graduation, hours exempted by examination and advance placement credit approved by Clemson University will be used toward the credit hour requirement. Duplicate credit courses do not count in the total.
    • Earn a minimum cumulative LIFE GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale by the end of the academic year. The LIFE GPA must include all grades earned at Clemson University plus all grades attempted (excluding remedial) at all other institutions, both in-state and out-of-state.

    The LIFE GPA is used for determining eligibility for the LIFE Scholarship only. It is distinctively different from your cumulative Clemson GPA that is used for graduation purposes and the awarding of other merit-based scholarships.

  • Eligibility Requirements for Transfer Students
    • Must meet all general eligibility requirements
    • Eligibility for the first year at Clemson is based on your initial college enrollment and the cumulative GPA and hours earned (non-remedial) at your previous institution(s). This will include both in-state and out-of-state institutions.
    • After your first year at Clemson, all of the requirements for continuing students (above) will apply.
  • Terms of Eligibility

    You may receive the LIFE Scholarship through the eighth consecutive semester following initial college enrollment. The eight-semester limit is a time limit only. The limit is not determined by the number of semesters the LIFE Scholarship has actually been received and may include periods of non-enrollment.

  • Award Amount

    The LIFE Scholarship award amount is determined annually by the South Carolina General Assembly. Currently, the maximum value is $5,000 ($4,700 related to tuition plus $300 based on the costs of textbooks). Sophomore-, junior-, and senior-level students may receive a maximum of $7,500 provided they are in a declared major of science or mathematics, and other conditions are met. » More information

    Note: The LIFE Scholarship and all other scholarships and grants may not exceed the cost of attendance defined by Title IV regulations.

  • Disbursement

    The LIFE Scholarship is credited to your student account to satisfy any charges. Excess aid is refunded to the student. The LIFE Scholarship is typically available during the fall and spring semesters with the exception of co-op/Internship students.

    Learn about the NEW summer disbursement program for the LIFE Scholarship here.

  • Co-op/Internship Students

    If you participate in the Cooperative Education Program and/or certain sanctioned internship programs, you are not eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship during the term of participation. You may, however, elect to receive the LIFE Scholarship in the succeeding summer term at Clemson if you take at least 12 credit hours during the summer. You may also elect to move the award that you would have received during your co-op/internship to the term immediately following your eighth normal semester (provided that you continue to meet all other eligibility requirements). If you elect to use the LIFE Scholarship during the summer, you will only be expected to earn 27 hours (rather than 30) for that academic year for renewal purposes. If you co-op during a fall or Spring semester and do not attend the Summer session, you are required to continue earning 15 hours on *average* for each term in which you are enrolled full time. In other words, if you co-op during your sophomore year, the renewal requirements going into your junior year will be the standard 3.0 LIFE GPA and a *total* of 45 hours of college credits earned (including AP and dual enrollment courses). If you participate in a co-op/internship program during your junior year of college, you will be expected to earn 75 hours *total* at the end of that academic year, and so on.

  • Summer Transient Courses

    Summer transient courses (non-remedial) taken at any institution (in-state or out-of-state) may be used toward the credit hours requirement. Any courses taken at Clemson or any other LIFE-eligible institution in-state or out-of-state will affect your LIFE GPA. Please note that your LIFE GPA cannot be recalculated until official transcripts have been received and processed by the Student Records Office.

  • Dropping Below Full-Time or Withdrawing

    If you are receiving the LIFE 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 Student Financial Services Office (G-08 Sikes Hall) to determine the effect on your financial obligations.

  • LIFE GPA Location

    Under the S.C. LIFE Scholarship GPA link on your iROAR account, you can calculate your current LIFE GPA.

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 LIFE program at S.C. Commission on Higher Education.

Other S.C. Scholarship Information

S.C. HOPE Scholarship is a freshmen year only award valued at $2,800. Students who receive Hope during their freshman year may become eligible for the LIFE Scholarship during their sophomore, junior and senior years.