College of Charleston Merit Scholarships

For the Fall 2021 entering freshmen class, the College of Charleston institutional scholarships are both merit and need-based. A complete application for admission is required on or before February 15th to be considered for institutional awards. Student credentials on file at the time of acceptance will be used to determine scholarship eligibility. Students that qualify for an institutional merit-based scholarship will be notified of the award with their acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. Additional need-based aid should be awarded no later than March 1st provided that the 2021-2022 FAFSA has been received by College of Charleston and federal verification, if requested, has been completed. Priority deadline for FAFSA completion is March 1.

All students must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester to be eligible for any scholarship funds.

College of Charleston requires students meet renewal criteria for all merit scholarships.

 

SC resident merit-based scholarship (awards range from $2000- $4000/year and are renewable)

SC resident students are considered competitive for merit-based scholarships if they meet one of these:

-are awarded the SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

-Valedictorian/Salutatorian of graduating class

-in the top 10% of high school graduating class

-Admitted to the Honors College

SC resident need-based scholarship (Access to Excellence): up to $2,000 per year (For Fall 2021 freshmen class)

-requires completion of the 2021-2022 FAFSA

-student must be Pell-eligible or have a household income under the South Carolina median of $52,306

-can be received in addition to one of the merit-based awards listed above

-deadline to submit required documentation for eligibility is July 1, 2021

Non-resident merit scholarship (awards range from $8,000-$12,000/year and are renewable)

-Non-resident students are considered competitive for merit-based scholarships if they have a high school GPA of at least 3.8 at the time of application to the College of Charleston

Non-resident need-based scholarship (Access to Excellence II/ Access to Excellence NR): up to $6,000 per year (For Fall 2021 freshmen class)

-requires completion of the 2021-2022 FAFSA

-student must have an expected family contribution of less than 30,000 as determined by the 2021-2022 FAFSA

-student must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0

-can be received in addition to one of the non-resident merit-based scholarships

-deadline to submit required documentation for eligibility is July 1, 2021

Additional Information

Non-resident scholarships (both merit-based and need-based) are available to out-of-state students and covers part of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The College of Charleston Academic Scholarship requires that the student remain a College of Charleston Merit Scholar and meet renewal criteria.

The CofC Academic scholarship will be canceled if a student gains in-state residency; or reduced if a student receives another grant or scholarship that covers the tuition difference (such as DC Tuition Grant).

Acceptance Required

You will be required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions of your scholarship through the MyCharleston portal in order to receive the scheduled disbursements of your scholarship.

Continuing Eligibility

Recipients of the College of Charleston Merit Scholarship must complete 24 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring and subsequent summer). Earned hours do not include repeat courses, AP, IB, CLEP, or Placement hours or transfer hours from a previous academic year.

Recipients of the College of Charleston Merit Scholarship must maintain a cumulative College of Charleston GPA of 3.0.

Recipients of the Access to Excellence Scholarship will be required to submit a FAFSA each academic year prior to March 1st in order to renew that scholarship. Non-resident students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and earn 24 credit hours per academic year. SC resident students must earn 24 credit hours per academic year and maintain a 2.0 cumulative CofC GPA.

If the student maintains the required academic standards, the scholarship will be renewed automatically. Renewals are made in the summer of each year for the upcoming year. Students failing to meet the renewal standards will be notified in writing in early summer. Students unable to meet the renewal standards will be given the opportunity to appeal based on mitigating circumstances (e.g. serious health condition, death or serious health condition of an immediate family member, or a traumatic event). Students who wish to appeal may complete the Scholarship Appeal Form. A continuing student that has lost eligibility (or was not previously eligible) cannot regain eligibility.