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Senior Citizens

South Carolina residents who are at least 60 years old are eligible for the state's free tuition program. It's never too late to learn something new!

We are following COVID-19 precautions and offering virtual advising appointments.  If you need to visit our office, we request that you make an appointment prior to arriving.  You may also email onyourtime@sc.edu with your name and VIP or USC ID for prompt advisement hold removal. 

Senior Citizen Free Tuition Program

If you are a South Carolina resident who is at least 60 years old, state law provides you tuition exemption so that you can take classes at a state college or university tuition free on a space-available basis.  You are welcome to continue taking these courses for as long as you remain a student in good academic standing* at the University.

*Good academic standing varies by department and program.

Fees Not Included in Free Tuition
Lab fees, matriculation fees and program fees, etc. are not exempt and must be paid by the student.

Eligibility

You qualify for free tuition if:

  • You are 60 years old or older.
  • You have been a South Carolina resident for at least 12 months.
  • You are admitted to the University of South Carolina. 

 Application Deadlines

  • May 1st for summer admission
  • July 1st for fall admission
  • November 1st for spring admission

How to Apply

  1. Submit an application.  If you are not currently enrolled as a student at UofSC, you will need to review the requirements and apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School. If you have any questions about the application process, you can call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 or the Graduate School at 803-777-4243.
  2. Receive your VIP ID.  Your VIP ID is a series of numbers used to identify you at the university. Once accepted to the University, you will receive your VIP ID in your acceptance packet. Students currently enrolled at UofSC already have this number.
  3. Complete the 60+ Tuition Waiver form which can be found on the Registrar's page here.
  4. Obtain free tuition status by verifying SC residency.  Visit Self Service Carolina and log in. Click the Student tab to access and complete the South Carolina Residency Certification form. Once complete, the Residency Office will update your records.  After you have registered, your account will reflect a senior citizen tuition credit.  Some acceptable documents to verify residency include:
    • Statement of full-time employment
    • Designating SC as state of legal residence on military record
    • Possession of a valid SC driver’s license, or if a non-driver, a SC identification card
    • Possession of a valid SC vehicle registration certificate
    • Maintenance of domicile in SC
    • Filing SC income taxes as a resident during the past tax year, including income earned outside of SC, from the date SC domicile was claimed
    • Ownership of principal residence in SC
    • Licensing for professional practice (if applicable) in SC
    For questions concerning residency, please email a Residency Official at resident@sc.edu
  5. Verify your Citizenship status. Check to see if your status has already been verified by reviewing your Citizenship Status in the Student Profile section of Self Service Carolina.  If you find that your citizenship status is non-verified, you will need to submit the Citizenship Verification Form and supply one of the following documents:
    • South Carolina driver’s license
    • Certified Birth Certificate indicating you were born in the United States or a territory of the United States
    • Current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport that has not been expired more than 10 years, Certificate of Naturalization, U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Citizenship, or Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card
  6. Have your immunization hold removed. Enter your immunizations in the "Medical Clearances" portion of sc.edu/myhealthspace and click on "Immunizations Record" to attach supporting documentation signed by a medical provider. Also enter your immunization dates and vaccine types in the "Medical Clearances" portion for each vaccine received.  For help with your immunization hold, please contact Student Health Services at 803-777-3175.
  7. Have your advising hold removed.  Email  onyourtime@sc.edu or call 803-777-9850 with your full name and USC or VIP ID to have your hold removed. If you are already enrolled in a degree program, you'll  need to contact your college or school adviser. 
  8. Register for your course or courses on the first day of the semester.  You may choose to take courses for academic credit or you may decide to audit.  See below for audit instructions.

Auditing

Auditing a course allows you to participate in the course for non-academic credit and without tests and assignments.  This option requires consent of the course instructor.  To audit a course, complete this form.

Class Overrides

Only the professor and department offering the course can offer an override for you to join a closed course or courses requiring special permission. If you need help contacting the department for your course, please let us know.



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