We've tried to include as many resources as possible on our site to help you, no matter where you are in the process. We couldn't include everything, though. Here are some helpful links in case you need more information or have questions:
State of South Carolina (General Information)
Commission on Higher Education (CHE)
Find information here about public higher education in South Carolina.
Regional Education Centers
Link to information, services, and resources for students, educators and employers.
SC Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
The South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit organization established to promote the professional competency of persons involved in financial aid.
SC Department of Education
The South Carolina Department of Education advises educators, students and parents on planning for college. It also reviews new federal education policies and breaks down financial options.
SC GEAR UP
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) offers the students, families, educators and communities of selected SC middle and high schools services that promote academic achievement and college awareness.
SC Independent Colleges and Universities Inc, (SCICU)
Explore South Carolina’s private colleges and universities.
SC Technical College System
Get more information on South Carolina’s technical colleges and trade programs.
SC Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC)
One-stop shop for transfer students, administrators and advisors/faculty providing them with easy access to information they need pertaining to college transfer.
State of South Carolina (Financial Aid)
This site from SCETV is designed specifically to highlight South Carolina educational activities and resources.
SC College Goal Sunday
This annual statewide event helps students complete FAFSA applications.
SCOIS: South Carolina’s Official Career Resource Network
Multicultural Financial Aid Resources
S.C. National Guard Student Loan Repayment Program
SC 529 College Savings Plan
SC Student Loan Corporation
SC Tuition Grants
SC Tuition Prepayment Program (SCTPP)
Federal Government Sites
U.S. Department of Education
A helpful site from the U.S. Department of Education that assists students as they pursue their goal of going to college.
Information for Students and Their Families
The federal GEAR UP site provides information on each state’s GEAR UP program and lists yearly GEAR UP award winners.
The National School Board Association
This site offers reports and news from school boards around the country.
Teachers.net is a chat room for teachers, as well as a resource for lesson plans.
Tax Benefits for Education
Teach for America
College Board connects students to college success and opportunity while connecting parents and educators with valuable resources.
College Planning and Exploration
Mapping Your Future
Extensive information on career planning, college selection, financial aid, resumes and job hunting, as well as other links.
National Center for Education Statistics
College Costs, Search Engine and More
Financial Aid (General)
Calculate how much you can afford to borrow and repay.
Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing more than $60 billion a year in grants, loans and work-study assistance.
Direct link to step-by-step directions to filling out a FAFSA form.
Access information on low-interest federal loans and strategies for smart borrowing.
College Savings Plan
College Goal Sunday
A free personalized search of over 180,000 scholarships.
A comprehensive online resource and guide for financial aid options.
Foster Youth Grants
Foster Youth Grants provide foster children with college scholarships, connecting them with mentors and internships.
ALL Student Loan
Gates Millennium Scholars
The Sallie Mae Fund
Scholarship Search Engines
Search athletic scholarships for undergraduate student-athletes at Division I and Division II schools.
Family & College Finance Center
A free personalized search of over 2,000 scholarships, loans, internships and other financial aid programs.
Free scholarship search, geared specifically toward African-American students.
United Negro College Fund
Scholarships for Latino Students
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
A comprehensive resource for undocumented students.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
CHCI offers a bilingual Parent Handbook that breaks down the college admissions and financial aid process.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute
The nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.
Native American Scholarships
Center for Student Opportunity (CSO)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting higher education opportunities for first-generation and other historically underserved college-bound students.
First in the Family
A valuable resource for students who are first in their family to go to college.
Find free test preparation materials and test-taking advice.
Access free ACT prep materials.
Link directly to sample tests:
This free site offers test prep resources.
Choose test prep options based on your own learning style: online, classroom, private tutoring.
Kaplan offers private tutoring, classroom courses and online test preparation options, as well as valuable guidance on applying to college and financial aid information.
Educator’s Reference Desk
The Educator's Reference Desk brings together 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information and 200+ question archive responses.
The Global Schoolhouse is devoted to online collaborative projects, offering access to others' projects and allows teachers to post their own.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalistic excellence and provides grants for community-based projects. South Carolina chapters exist in Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
Job and Career Search Engines
A branch of College Board, this site provides free personality tests, interest inventory and other exciting activities for students and parents.
Military / Service
Veteran Education Benefits
Free Tuition / Education Assistance
Free tuition for qualifying veterans’ children.