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South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policies
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

Each South Carolina high school must provide Advanced Placement courses if it enrolls an adequate number of academically talented students to support them. A student who successfully completes the AP requirements for a course and who receives a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam receives credit for the course in each postsecondary public institution in the state. Further, each accredited high school must provide an accelerated program of study in which any student who demonstrates sufficient ability can, upon approval of the administrative head and of the parent or guardian, be allowed to take courses that will enable the student to graduate at the end of 11 years of schooling. South Carolina law also establishes a special residential school of science and mathematics for the purpose of fostering educational development of high school juniors and seniors who are academically talented in the areas of science and mathematics. According to the state's commission on higher education policy, dual enrollment refers exclusively to sections of courses offered through a postsecondary institution in a cooperative arrangement with a local school district. The purpose of these courses is to allow high school students who have mastered or nearly mastered the relevant high school curriculum to earn both high school and college credits. For courses in four-year institutions and two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina, a student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and the recommendation of the high school principal or his or her designee. For courses in technical colleges, a student must meet the same requirements for individual courses as other college students and must have the recommendation of the high school principal, his or her designee or the designee of the governing school association. Dual enrollment should be limited to junior and senior high school students although documented exceptions may be made for freshman or sophomore students. Each public institution of higher education within the state will adopt and implement a policy by Fall 2008 for the acceptance of IB credit for first-time freshmen students who have scored 4 or above on any higher-level IB course examination. The amount of college course credit awarded for a higher-level IB course will be equivalent to the credit hour value of the college course for which the IB credit is being accepted. In 2005, South Carolina passed statutory changes that repealed Tech-Prep legislation. Remaining in state law, however, are requirements for the average weekly wage for students engaged in Tech Prep or other structured school-to-work programs on the premises of a sponsoring employer and provisions for workers' compensation for injuries by accident arising out of and in the course of their employment with a sponsoring employer. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-110 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Effect of Credits Exempted or Earned Prior to High School Graduation on Semester Limits; Continuing Education or Remedial Courses
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-190 - Advanced Placement Courses for Academically Talented Students
S.C. Code Ann. 59-39-110 - Accelerated Program of Study
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-10 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Development of School
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-20 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Board of Trustees and Board of Trustees of the Special School of Science and Mathematics; Appointment; Term of Office; Compensation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-30 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Course of Study
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-35 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Requirements for Diploma
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-40 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Admission Criteria, Standards, and Procedures
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-50 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Administrative Officer for School
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-60 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Adoption of Policies and Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-48-70 - Special School for Science and Mathematics: Endowment Fund
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Advanced Placement Credit Awards and International Baccalaureate Credit Awards

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Statewide Higher Education Policy for Delivery and Transferability of Dual Enrollment Coursework Offered in High Schools

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

S.C. Code Ann. 42-1-315 - Applicability of Title Respecting Work-Related Injuries to Program Participants
S.C. Code Ann. 42-7-65 - Average Weekly Wage Designated for Certain Categories of Employees
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ADULT LEARNERS

Adult education in South Carolina is governed by the State Board of Education (SBE). The SBE determines and enforces regulations for all major aspects of adult education programs. Housed within the State Department of Education, the Office of Adult Education oversees all adult education programs designed to provide lifelong learning, health, and service opportunities for adults. The Office of Adult Education and any state agency that offers career, technical, occupational, or adult education must provide annual reports to the Board of Education according to Statute (S.C. Code Ann. 59-54-60). Local technical college commissions and neighboring school boards work together to ensure coordinated and cohesive implementation of career, technical, and adult education. Adult education programs led by local school districts are funded by federal, state, county, school district, and other sources. The Director of the Department of Corrections must work with the local school district board to implement and maintain academic, vocational, and trade courses for inmates. According to statute (S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-50), military personnel stationed in South Carolina are entitled to in-state tuition at any public institution of higher education (Last updated 2013)(Last updated 2008)

Adult Learners, Funding

S.C. Code Ann. 59-20-40 - Determination of Annual Allocations

Adult Learners, General Policy

S.C. Code Ann. 59-16-50 - Adult Education Program Pilot; Recommendations to General Assembly
S.C. Code Ann. 59-54-60 - Annual Reports of State Agencies Offering Certain Educational Programs

Governance of Adult Education

S.C. Code Ann. 59-43-20 - Powers of State Board of Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-54-50 - Memoranda of Agreements Involving Local Technical College Commissions and Local School Boards

Military/Veterans Education

S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-10 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Short Title
S.C. Code Ann. 59-111-420 - Exemption of Member of South Carolina National Guard from One-Half of Tuition Charges; Conditions and Limitations; Administration by State Commission on Higher Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-50 - Tuition Rates for Military Personnel and their Dependents
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-20 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-30 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Tuition Assistance Grants; Limitations on Amount and Period of Eligibility
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-40 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Requirements to Qualify for Tuition Assistance
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-60 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Agreements for Rebating or Carrying Forward Credit on Accounts
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-70 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Tuition Assistance Payments made Directly to Applicants
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-75 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Cessation of Tuition Grants

Prisoner/Inmate Education

S.C. Code Ann. 24-25-70 - Powers and Duties of School Board for Department of Corrections
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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

South Carolina's Statewide Agreement on Transfer and Articulation was developed in 1995 after passage of legislation that directed the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) to adopt procedures to facilitate the transfer of student credits from public two- to four-year institutions in the state. The agreement was developed by a Transfer Articulation Policy Committee, composed of chief academic officers of four-year institutions and the associate director for instruction of the state board for the technical colleges, and was last revised in 2002. In cases where an institution does not have synonymous courses to ones included in the agreement, it will identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education courses on the statewide list. The agreement also requires all four-year public institutions in the state to issue a transfer guide each year, explaining its admissions policies for students, as well as any additional requirements for transfer. Another section of the agreement pertains to Transfer Blocks in broad disciplinary clusters. Credits completed in these clusters at two-year public institutions in South Carolina will be accepted toward meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at all four-year public institutions and the student will automatically be granted junior status if he or she completes an associate's degree. While the SCCHE developed a common course numbering system, only two-year institutions in the state adopted the system. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-100 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Performance Based Accountability System for Public Education Established; Accountability Defined
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-110 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Objectives
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1100 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program Established; Criteria; Elgibility of Schools for Academically Talented
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1110 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Grant of Flexibility of Receiving Exemption from Regulations; Criteria; Continuation of and Removal from Flexibilty Status
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1120 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Grant of Flexibility of Receiving Exemption from Regulations and Statutes to School Designated as Unsatisfactory While in Such Status; Extension to Other Schools
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-120 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1300 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: District Accountability System; Development and Review
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1310 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Consolidation of Strategic Plans and Improvement Reports; Submission Dates
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1500 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Schools Rated Below Average or Unsatisfactory; Review and Revision of Improvement Plan; Notice to Parents; Publication in Newspaper; Grant Program Eligibility
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1510 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Assignment of External Review Committee; Activities and Recommendations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1520 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Declaration of State of Emergency in School Rated Below Average
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1530 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Teacher and Principal Specialists; Recruitment, Eligibility, Duties, and Incentives
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1540 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Mentoring Program for Principals
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1550 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Recertification Credits for Teachers Participating in Professional Development Activities and Improvement Actions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1560 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Grant Programs for Schools Designated as Below Average or Unsatisfactory; Development of Eligibility Guidelines; Funding
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1570 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: School District Rated Below Average; Appointment of External Review Committee; Duties; Recommendations; Composition
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1580 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Declaration of State of Emergency in School District Rated Unsatisfactory; Remedial Actions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1590 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Continuing Review of Instructional and Organizational Practices and Delivery of Technical Assistance by Department of Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1595 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Reallocation of Technical Assistance Funding
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1600 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Parent Orientation Classes
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1700 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Public Information Campaign; Development and Approval; Funding
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1910 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Homework Centers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1920 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Modified School Year or School Day Schedule; Grant Program Established; Application; Implementation Plan
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1930 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Review of State and Local Professional Development; Recommendations for Improvement
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-300 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Adoption of Educational Standards in Core Academic Areas
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-310 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Development or Adoption of Statewide Assessment Program to Promote Student Learning and Measure Student Performance
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-320 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Review of Field Test; General Administration of Test; Accommodations for Students with Disabilities; Adoption of New Standards
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-330 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: First Grade Readiness Test
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-340 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Administration of National Assessment of Education Progress
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-350 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: PSAT or PLAN Tests of Tenth Grade Students; Availability; Use of Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-360 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Cyclical Review of State Standards and Assessments; Analysis of Assessment Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-370 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Dissemination of Assessment Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-500 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Academic Plan for Student Lacking Skills to Perform at Current Grade Level; Review of Results; Development of Statewide Policies
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-700 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Alignment of Criteria for Instructional Materials with Educational Standards
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-710 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Criteria for State's Accreditation System
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-900 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Development of Annual Report Cards; Academic Performance Ratings; Contents; Promulgation of Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-910 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Progress Reports
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-920 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Report Card Requirements for Charter, Alternative and Career and Technology Schools
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-930 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Report Cards; Date for Issuance; Advertisement of Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-10 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Intent; Guidelines for Implementation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-100 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Incentives for Teachers Serving as Mentors
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-20 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Duties of State Board of Educaton and Commission on Higher Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-30 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Cognitive Assessments for Teachers and Teacher Certification; Examinations; Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-40 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Induction, Annual and Continuing Contracts; Evaluations; Termination of Employment for Annual Contract Teacher; Hearing
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-50 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Creation and Membership of Educator Improvement Task Force; Duties and Powers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-60 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Educational Improvement Task Force; Appropriation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-70 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Adjustments in Instructional Time Permitted; Foreign Language Requirements for Diploma
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-85 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: NBPTS Recertification; Development of Application Fee Loan Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-90 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Teacher of the Year Honorarium Programs

General Education Core

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Statewide Agreement on Transfer and Articulation

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Guiding Principles For Distance Education In South Carolina

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-165 - Instruction in Personal Finance

Statewide Articulation Guides

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Statewide Agreement on Transfer and Articulation

Transfer Agreements

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Statewide Agreement on Transfer and Articulation
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) maintains a student unit record data system that tracks students at all public two- and four-year colleges and universities in the state, and many private institutions as well. The data are used to support state accountability and graduation/retention reporting, as well in the awarding of scholarships. In 1996, the South Carolina legislature adopted the most comprehensive postsecondary performance funding system in the nation. Since that time, funding for colleges and universities has considered performance in achieving standards in nine areas, known as critical success factors. Recent budget and policy changes have frozen the system in place, with scoring largely deferred pending further legislative policy decisions. Data collection has continued on a revised list of 13 indicators as necessary to meet state and federal legislative mandates. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

S.C. Code Ann. 59-101-130 - High Schools Shall Report to Superintendent of Education; Institutions of Higher Learning Shall Report to High Schools
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1300 - District Accountability System; Development and Review
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-300 - Adoption of Educational Standards in Core Academic Areas
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-310 - Development or Adoption of Statewide Assessment Program to Promote Student Learning and Measure Student Performance.
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-360 - Dissemination of Assessment Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-900 - Development of Comprehensive Annual Report Cards; Academic Performance Ratings; Promulgation of Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-910 - Cyclical Review of Accountability System; Stakeholders
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-920 - Report Card Requirements for Charter, Alternative, and Career and Technology Schools
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-930 - Executive Summary of Report Cards; Date for Issuance; Advertising Results
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-950 - Criteria for School District and High School Ratings
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-160 - Two Units of Mathematics Requisite for Graduation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-180 - Emphasis on Higher Order Problem Solving Skills
S.C. Code Ann. 59-39-120 - Data Required to be Submitted by High Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning Concerning High School Graduates

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

S.C. Code Ann. 59-104-650 - Institutional Effectiveness Program

Reporting Systems that Address Student Transition or Provide Feedback to High Schools

S.C. Code Ann. 59-101-130 - High Schools Shall Report to Superintendent of Education; Institutions of Higher Learning Shall Report to High Schools
S.C. Code Ann. 59-39-120 - Data Required to be Submitted by High Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning Concerning High School Graduates
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Anti-discrimination

S.C. Code Ann. 59-63-40 - Discrimination on Account of Race, Creed, Color or National Origin Prohibited
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FINANCE

The boards of trustees at the individual four-year higher education institutions set tuition and fee levels. District school boards set tuition and fees for community colleges within their district. The Commission on Higher Education has established regulations for determining residency for tuition and fee purposes so that the institutions have fair and equitable regulations that can be administered consistently and are sensitive to the interests of both students and the state. South Carolina exempts members of the South Carolina National Guard from 50 percent of tuition charges, and provides various scholarship opportunities for residents through lottery funds. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-115 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees - Vote on tuition change
S.C. Code Ann. 59-119-1030 - Clemson University: Provisions for Adequate Payment of Principal and Interest; Admissions, Special Student Fees; Debt Service Requirements; Debt Service Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-127-420 - South Carolina State University: Authorization of Special Fees for Repayment of Bonds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-163 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Bond Reserve Fund and Student Fee
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-164 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: When Student Fee is Payable; Payment of Costs from Reserve Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-55-20 - Junior College Courses: Establishment and Maintenance of Junior College in Cities of 5,000 or More

Capping or Reducing Tuition

S.C. Code Ann. 59-122-50 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Military Personnel and Their Dependents

Fee-Specific Policies

S.C. Code Ann. 59-119-1030 - Clemson University: Provisions for Adequate Payment of Principal and Interest; Admissions, Special Student Fees; Debt Service Requirements; Debt Service Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-127-420 - South Carolina State University: Authorization of Special Fees for Repayment of Bonds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-163 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Bond Reserve Fund and Student Fee
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-164 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: When Student Fee is Payable; Payment of Costs from Reserve Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-166 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: State Treasurer May Accept Custody of Receipts from Special Student Fee

Reciprocity Agreements

S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-110 - University of South Carolinas Aiken Campus and Aiken Technical College; In-State Tuition for Certain Georgia Residents
S.C. Code Ann. 59-125-95 - Winthrop University: Availability of Graduate-Level In-State Tuition to North Carolina Residents

Tuition and Fee Waivers

S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-10 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Short Title
S.C. Code Ann. 59-111-420 - Exemption of Member of South Carolina National Guard from One-Half of Tuition Charges; Conditions and Limitations; Administration by State Commission on Higher Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-20 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-30 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Tuition Assistance Grants; Limitations on Amount and Period of Eligibility
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-40 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Requirements to Qualify for Tuition Assistance
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-50 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Administration of Program; Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-60 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Agreements for Rebating or Carrying Forward Credit on Accounts
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-70 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Tuition Assistance Payments made Directly to Applicants
S.C. Code Ann. 59-114-75 - South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program Act: Cessation of Tuition Grants
S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-360 - South Carolina Education Lottery Act: Tuition Assistance to Attend State Technical College or Public Two-Year Institution; Eligibility; County Funding for Technical Colleges

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

S.C. Code Ann. 59-101-395 - Refund of Tuition and Academic Fees when Activated for Military Service; Opportunity to Complete Courses
S.C. Code Ann. 59-122-50 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Military Personnel and Their Dependents
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-164 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: When Student Fee is Payable; Payment of Costs from Reserve Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-53-166 - Technical and Vocational Education and Training: State Treasurer May Accept Custody of Receipts from Special Student Fee
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

State legislation directs the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) to develop provisions, procedures, and requirements for remedial programs. The SCCHE has adopted policies to mandate placement tests to determine entry skills of students and a phased-in process to eliminate or limit remedial education at four-year colleges, shifting such courses to the two-year institutions. Technical colleges and two-year campuses have developed standard course systems for remedial education using common assessments, but institutions can set cut scores for placement. Students at two-year institutions are limited to a total of 30 credit hours of remedial coursework. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Placement Examinations and Placement of Students in Remedial Courses

S.C. Code Ann. 59-104-30 - Developmental Education Plans, Studies, and Programs

Remedial Credits Counting Toward Financial Aid

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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are governed by the state legislature and the Commission on Higher Education. To qualify as a resident, a student must have established domicile in state for at least one continuous year prior to enrollment. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). The student must provide evidence that the establishment of domicile was for reasons other than to obtain resident tuition benefits. Along with their dependents, full-time faculty and employees of South Carolina's public colleges and universities qualify for resident tuition rates. In-state residency is extended to active duty members of the United States armed forces and their dependents, as long as they claim South Carolina as their state of legal residence during their military service. Non-citizens and non-permanent residents of the United States do not qualify for resident tuition rates. However, non-resident immigrants including refugees and individuals granted political asylum may be entitled to in-state classification once they have been awarded permanent resident status and meet all the statutory residency requirements. Resident tuition benefits are granted to certain non-resident immigrants present in the United States under specified visa classifications. However, these individuals are not eligible to receive state sponsored assistance or scholarships. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-10 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-30 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Effect of Change of Residency

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

S.C. Code Ann. 59-101-55 - Colleges and Institutions of Higher Learning Generally - General Provisions - State appropriated funds restriction
S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-10 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-112-30 - Determination of Rates of Tuition and Fees: Effect of Change of Residency
S.C. Code Ann. 59-122-20 - South Carolina Domicile Defined for Purposes of Rates of Tuition and Fees
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education administers several need-based and merit-based student aid programs provided by various state, federal, and privately funded sources. This state has a variety of scholarship programs, all of which are merit based, and two need-based grant programs. The South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission administers the need-based grants program for private colleges and universities as a part of the tuition grants program. In addition the financial aid office on each public college campus administers the Need-based Grants Program. The Access and Equity Undergraduate Scholars Program provides need-based grants, which are distributed by postsecondary institutions that provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds. South Carolina has a tuition prepayment plan and several loan programs. For the 2005-2006 academic year, South Carolina appropriated 46,311 million for need-based aid and 211,173 million for non-need-based aid. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

S.C. Code Ann. 59-104-20 - Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program Established; Adjudication of Delinquency; Drug and Alcohol Offenses
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-10 - State Education Assistance Act: Short Title
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-100 - State Education Assistance Act: Fees, Charges, Interest and Premiums, Contracts with United States and Others; Pledge of Money in Sinking Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-110 - State Education Assistance Act: All Money Received Deemed Trust Funds; Investment Thereof
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-120 - State Education Assistance Act: Rights of Bondholders
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-130 - State Education Assistance Act: Bonds as Negotiable Instruments
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-140 - State Education Assistance Act: Bonds as Legal Investments
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-150 - State Education Assistance Act: Security for Bonds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-160 - State Education Assistance Act: Liability of State and Authority; Expenses of Authority
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-170 - State Education Assistance Act: Exemption of Bonds from Taxation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-180 - State Education Assistance Act: Annual Report of Authority; Audit
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-20 - State Education Assistance Act: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-30 - State Education Assistance Act: Function of Authority
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-40 - State Education Assistance Act: Creation of Authority as Public Instrumentality Consisting of Members of State Budget and Control Board
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-50 - State Education Assistance Act: Powers of Authority
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-60 - State Education Assistance Act: State Education Assistance Authority Loan Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-70 - State Education Assistance Act: Sinking Fund; State Education Assistance Authority Loan Guarantee Reserve Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-80 - State Education Assistance Act: Authority Empowered to Issue Revenue Bonds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-115-90 - State Education Assistance Act: Bond Resolution; Custody of Moneys Received; Expenses Payable from Loan Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-10 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Need Based Grants; Qualifications
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-20 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Promulgation of Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-30 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Assessment of Need
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-40 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Effective Date; Allocation of Funds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-50 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Eligible Public Institution of Higher Learning Defined
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-60 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Unlawful Use of Grant
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-70 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Eligibility of Students at Private Institutions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-10 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: LIFE Scholarships Established; Public or Independent Institution Defined; Tuition
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-100 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Scholarship Eligibility for Study-Abroad or Out-of-State Program; Summer School
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-110 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Effect of Credits Exempted or Earned Prior to High School Graduation on Semester Limits; Continuing Education or Remedial Courses
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-120 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Funding to be Carried Forward
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-130 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Promulgation of Regulations and Procedures; Monitoring Grades to Ensure Accountability
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-140 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Enrollment Reports
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-150 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Appropriation from General Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-160 -

Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Additional Staff to Administer Scholarship Program Authorized


S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-20 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Residency Requirements for Eligibility; Recipients of Palmetto Fellows Scholarships
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-30 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Full-time Enrollment Requirement
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-40 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Scholarships not to Exceed Cost of Attendance
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-50 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Graduating Classes Covered; Cumulative Grade Point Average Requirements; Regaining Eligibility; Eligibility for Freshman Beginning 2002-2003
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-60 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Duration of Scholarship
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-70 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Default on Education Loan
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-80 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Transfer to Other Eligible Institution
S.C. Code Ann. 59-149-90 - Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarships: Adjudication of Delinquency or for Drug or Alcohol Offenses; Additional Degrees
S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-370 - HOPE Scholarships; Eligibility; Administration; Reporting Requirement
S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-375 - Scholarships for Visual or Hearing Impaired or Multi-Handicapped Students
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-10 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-20 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Children Eligible for Grants; Amount
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-30 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Grants Payable from Appropriations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-40 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: School Districts Shall Provide Supplements to Grants; Levy of Taxes
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-50 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Grant and Supplement Shall Not Exceed Private School Tuition
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-60 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: State Board Authorized and Directed to Promulgate Rules and Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-70 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Obtaining or Expending Scholarship Funds Other Than for Tuition Unlawful
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-80 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Penalties
S.C. Code Ann. 59-41-90 - Grants to Students Attending Private Schools: Effect of Invalidity
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Scholarship & Grant Policy Guidelines
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - LIFE Scholarship Enhancement Legislation
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - South Carolina Need-Based Grants Program
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement Legislation
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Lottery Tuition Assistance Legislation
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - South Carolina National Guard Assistance Program

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-10 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Need Based Grants; Qualifications
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-20 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Promulgation of Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-30 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Assessment of Need
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-40 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Effective Date; Allocation of Funds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-50 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Eligible Public Institution of Higher Learning Defined
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-60 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Unlawful Use of Grant
S.C. Code Ann. 59-142-70 - Students First Financial Resources for Scholarships and Tuition: Eligibility of Students at Private Institutions

Tuition Savings Plan

S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-10 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Short Title
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-100 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Annual Statements to Account Holders; Additional Statements Upon Request; Fees; Annual Reports
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-110 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Disclaimer as to Admission, Continued Enrollment, or Graduation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-120 - South Carolina College Investment Program: No Promise or Guarantee that Higher Education Expenses Will Be Covered in Full by Trust Account; Trust Accounts and Agreements not Guaranteed by Full Faith and Credit of the State of South Carolina
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-130 - South Carolina College Investment Program: SCCIP Trust Fund Monies Not to be Considered an Asset for Purposes of Eligibility for Grant, Scholarship or Work Opportunity Except as Required by Funding Source
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-140 - South Carolina College Investment Program: SCCIP Trust Fund Exempt from Legal Process, Unassignable
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-150 - South Carolina College Investment Program: State Treasurer, Others Not Responsible for Determining Specified Information
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-160 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Severability
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-20 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Purpose
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-30 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-40 - South Carolina College Investment Program: State Treasurer Responsible for SCCIP and SCTPP Programs
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-50 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Powers of State Treasurer
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-60 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Investment Trust Agreements
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-70 - South Carolina College Investment Program: South Carolina College Investment Trust Fund
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-80 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Tax Exemptions, Exclusions, and Deductions; Withdrawals Other than Qualified Withdrawals to be Included in Gross Income
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-85 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Contributions Through Payroll Deductions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-2-90 - South Carolina College Investment Program: Investment of Trust Funds
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-10 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Short Title; Purpose
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-100 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Program and Fund not Liable for Taxes, Fees, or Assessments; Contributions Deductible, Money or Benefits Received Not Taxable if Used for Specified Purposes
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-20 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Definitions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-30 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Appointment of Director; Responsibilities of Treasurer; Promulgation of Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-40 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Fund Established; Sources, Investment, Management, and Expenditure of Funds; Exemption from Legal Process and Unassignability
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-50 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Undertakings Payable Solely from Fund Monies
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-60 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Cooperation and Assistance from State Entities
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-65 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Discontinuing Fund; Contributor Refunds and Deficiencies
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-70 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Annual Financial Report
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-80 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Application of Internal Revenue Service Rulings
S.C. Code Ann. 59-4-90 - South Carolina Tuition Prepayment Program: Payroll Deductions
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TEACHING QUALITY

South Carolina has made significant investments to meet the challenge of recruiting and retaining quality teachers in the state. The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, & Advancement was established by the Commission on Higher Education in December 1985 and funded by the South Carolina General Assembly. Following the passage of the state's landmark Education Improvement Act, CERRA was created out of a concern for the condition of South Carolina's teacher supply pool and a need for a centralized teacher recruitment effort. CERRA pursues a variety of programs for increasing the number of students in the education pipeline and recruiting and retaining teachers. The Center's primary target groups are middle and high school students, college students, and adults interested in changing careers. CERRA also targets groups of accomplished teachers through programs including mentoring, teacher leadership, and National Board Certification. In 2008, legislation was enacted providing that National Board certified teachers shall be paid a $7,500 salary supplement in the year of achieving certification. CERRA is to develop guidelines and administer the programs. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-376 - Educational Lottery Teaching Scholarship Grants Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-380 - Educational Lottery Teaching Scholarship Grants Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-100 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Incentives for Teachers Serving as Mentors
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-90 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Teacher of the Year Honorarium Programs

Licensure and Certification

S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1550 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Recertification Credits for Teachers Participating in Professional Development Activities and Improvement Actions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-25-110 - System for Examination and Certification of Teachers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-25-115 - Relating to an Applicant for Initial Education Certification being Required to Undergo a State Fingerprint Review
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-10 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Intent; Guidelines for Implementation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-30 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Cognitive Assessments for Teachers and Teacher Certification; Examinations; Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-85 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: NBPTS Recertification; Development of Application Fee Loan Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-25-20 - Qualifications of Teachers

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-100 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Incentives for Teachers Serving as Mentors
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-40 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Induction, Annual and Continuing Contracts; Evaluations; Termination of Employment for Annual Contract Teacher; Hearing

Professional Development

S.C. Code Ann. 59-150-376 - Educational Lottery Teaching Scholarship Grants Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1550 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Recertification Credits for Teachers Participating in Professional Development Activities and Improvement Actions
S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1930 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Review of State and Local Professional Development; Recommendations for Improvement
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-10 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Intent; Guidelines for Implementation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-20 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Duties of State Board of Educaton and Commission on Higher Education
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-40 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Induction, Annual and Continuing Contracts; Evaluations; Termination of Employment for Annual Contract Teacher; Hearing
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-50 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Creation and Membership of Educator Improvement Task Force; Duties and Powers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-60 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Educational Improvement Task Force; Appropriation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-70 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Adjustments in Instructional Time Permitted; Foreign Language Requirements for Diploma
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-85 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: NBPTS Recertification; Development of Application Fee Loan Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-90 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Teacher of the Year Honorarium Programs
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-183 - In-service Training Programs; Problem Solving and Higher Order Thinking Skills
S.C. Code Ann. 59-3-90 - State Department of Education: In-service training programs for teachers
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Policy - Policies to Enhance Higher Educations Professional Development Offerings to P-12 Teachers

Programs Evaluation

S.C. Code Ann. 59-5-85 - Teacher Evaluation Program Standards and Procedures

Recruitment

S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1530 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Teacher and Principal Specialists; Recruitment, Eligibility, Duties, and Incentives
S.C. Code Ann. 59-25-55 - Expansion of Number of High Achieving Minority Students Entering Teaching
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-85 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: NBPTS Recertification; Development of Application Fee Loan Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-27-10 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel Adopted; Terms of Agreement
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-210 - Emphasis on Teaching as Profession

Supply and Demand Strategies

S.C. Code Ann. 59-18-1530 - Education Accountability Act of 1998: Teacher and Principal Specialists; Recruitment, Eligibility, Duties, and Incentives
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-85 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: NBPTS Recertification; Development of Application Fee Loan Program
S.C. Code Ann. 59-27-10 - Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel Adopted; Terms of Agreement

Teacher Preparation

S.C. Code Ann. 59-25-110 - System for Examination and Certification of Teachers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-10 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Intent; Guidelines for Implementation
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-30 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Cognitive Assessments for Teachers and Teacher Certification; Examinations; Regulations
S.C. Code Ann. 59-26-50 - Training, Certification and Evaluation of Public Educators: Creation and Membership of Educator Improvement Task Force; Duties and Powers
S.C. Code Ann. 59-29-183 - In-service Training Programs; Problem Solving and Higher Order Thinking Skills
S.C. Code Ann. 59-5-85 - Teacher Evaluation Program Standards and Procedures
S.C. Code Ann. 59-3-90 - State Department of Education: In-service training programs for teachers
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