May 22, 2015 – The SC Tuition Grants Commission has been made aware of a scam involving the name of our organization. The caller may identify himself as being a representative of the federal government who is calling to complete the processing of your SC Tuition Grant application. The call may appear to come from the area code 202, which is in the Washington, DC area. The caller may then explain that he needs to mail additional paperwork for you to complete, but only after you provide a credit card number so a $3 shipping fee can be assessed. Please note that the SC Tuition Grant is a state-funded program. The SC Tuition Grant is tentatively awarded based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and NO ADDITIONAL APPLICATION is required. In addition, there is NO FEE to apply for the SC Tuition Grant. If you are contacted in this manner and wish to file a complaint or report this activity as spam, please contact the Federal Trade Commission toll-free at 1-877-382-4357. If you have any questions about the SC Tuition Grant, please see the information available on this website or call our office in Columbia at (803) 896-1120.
The SC Tuition Grants Program is administered by the SC Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission through an annual appropriation by the State General Assembly. The program's purpose is to provide need-based grant assistance to eligible South Carolina students obtaining an initial undergraduate degree who are attending, on a full time basis, eligible independent non-profit in-state colleges.