Grants and scholarships are considered free money and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. These funds can be awarded by the federal government, state government or private sponsors.
Federal Pell Grant is awarded to undergraduate students who are enrolled in an eligible program, have not received a bachelor’s degree, and who demonstrate financial need. The amount of the grant is determined by the Federal Pell Grant Program based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is awarded by the Director of Student Financial Aid to students demonstrating financial need. Students showing exceptional need will be given first consideration for these grants as long as funds are available.
South Carolina Tuition Grant is awarded to academically eligible South Carolina residents attending Allen University on a full-time basis during the regular academic year. The amount of the South Carolina Tuition Grant is determined by the South Carolina Tuition Grant Commission based on the applicant’s family’s financial circumstances. Students who fail to enroll full time during the Fall semester forfeit their eligibility for the entire award year. Eligible students must be enrolled in 12 hours each semester. SC Tuition Grant does not give funding for classes taken in June or July. Students receiving 100% of tuition paid by another entity are not eligible for the SC Tuition Grant. To be eligible to receive SC Tuition Grant funds, students must complete their FAFSA by June 30th and a certification statement each year before November 15th. South Carolina Tuition Grant funds in the spring semester will be split into two disbursements per the new South Carolina Tuition Grant Regulation.
The SC Hope Scholarship is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for eligible first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution. Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,800.
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
There is no application required for the SC HOPE Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.
The Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship was established to provide an incentive for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Eligible full-time students may receive awards as follows:
Student must meet two of the following three criteria:
There is no application required for the LIFE Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified on their financial aid award letter.
Math and science majors who receive the SC LIFE Scholarship may be eligible to receive the SC LIFE Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The SC LIFE Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the SC LIFE Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship was established to retain academically talented high school graduates in the State through awards based on merit. Eligible full- time students may receive up to the following award amount: Up to $6,700 for the first year, $7,500 for second, third, and fourth years annually towards the cost of attendance at an eligible senior institution in South Carolina.
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
Students must not be a recipient of the SC LIFE Scholarship or SC HOPE Scholarship.
***For application information, please contact the high school guidance counselor if you meet the above criteria.
Math and science majors who receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement for their second, third, and fourth years of college. The Palmetto Fellows Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third, and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and science courses during their first year of college enrollment.
Federal Work Study allows students who demonstrate financial need to work part-time to earn income. In order to receive federal work study, students must have a 2.0 and be in good academic standing with the university. Federal work study earnings are paid monthly to help students with living expenses and personal items. Expected earnings are not used toward the student’s account. The priority date is March 15th.