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Residency Exceptions

Certain student populations may qualify for in-state tuition without having established a permanent home in South Carolina. These exemptions do not always apply to state-supported scholarships and grants.

If you are an independent person, or the dependent of an independent person that meets the eligibility criteria for any of the following categories, you may qualify to pay in-state tuition and fees without having to establish a permanent home in the state for the 12 continuous months immediately preceding the date classes are scheduled to begin for the semester in which you wish to claim South Carolina as your state of legal residence.

The following categories apply only to in-state tuition and do not apply to state supported scholarships and grants. Individuals who qualify for in-state tuition and fees under the following exceptions do not automatically qualify for Life, SC Hope or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships.

Military Personnel and Dependents

Members of the United States Armed Forces who are permanently assigned in South Carolina on active duty and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition and fees. When such personnel are transferred from the state, their dependents may continue to pay in state tuition and fees as long as they are continuously enrolled. Such individuals (and their dependents) may also be eligible to pay in-state tuition and fees as long as they are continuously enrolled after their discharge from the military, provided they have demonstrated an intent to establish a permanent home in South Carolina and they have resided in South Carolina for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding their discharge. Military personnel who are not stationed in South Carolina or former military personnel who intend to establish South Carolina residency must fulfill the 12-month physical presence requirement for them or their dependents to qualify to pay in-state tuition and fees.

Under the Veteran’s Choice Act, a discharged member of the military (and their dependents) may qualify for in-state tuition if the student enrolls within three years of discharge, is eligible to receive Post 9/11 Chapter 30/33 benefits, and is physically residing in South Carolina while attending classes.

 

Full-time Faculty and Administrative Employees and Dependents

Full-time faculty and administrative employees of State of South Carolina-supported colleges and universities and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition and fees.

Residents with Full-time Employment and Dependents

Individuals who reside, are domiciled, and are employed full time in the State of South Carolina and who continue to work full time until they meet the 12 month requirement and their dependents are eligible to pay in-state tuition and fees, provided that they have taken steps to establish a permanent home in the state.

Retired Persons and Dependents

Retired persons receiving a pension or annuity who reside in South Carolina and have been domiciled in South Carolina as prescribed in the statute for less than a year may be eligible for in-state rates if they maintain residence and domicile in this state. Persons on terminal leave who have established residency in South Carolina may be eligible for in-state rates even if domiciled in the state for less than one year if they present documentary evidence from their employer showing they are on terminal leave. The evidence should show beginning and ending dates for the terminal leave period and that the person will receive a pension or annuity upon retirement.

Veterans and Related Persons

Certain veterans and related persons receiving specific federal educational benefits who are enrolled in a state institution are entitled to receive in-state tuition without regard to length of time the individual has resided in the state.