Northeastern Technical College

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State Aid Programs

South Carolina Need-Based Grant (NBG)

Students who are working toward an associate degree and demonstrate a financial need may be eligible for the NBG. Awards at Northeastern Technical College average between $875 and $3500 per year. This is a campus-based program, so funds are limited. Priority is given to students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by NETC's deadlines.

Other eligibility criteria includes:
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina (resident for at least 12 months).
  • Must not have an associate degree.
  • Must have cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time.
  • Certify that he/she has no criminal record, has never been convicted of a felony, and is of good moral character.
  • Certify that he/she does not owe a refund or repayment on a state grant, a Pell Grant, or a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and is not in default on a loan.
For continued eligibility for the next academic year:
  • If you were enrolled full-time for the fall and spring semesters, you must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours during the academic year.
  • If you were enrolled part-time for the fall and spring semesters, you must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours during the academic year.
  • If you were enrolled full-time one semester and at least half-time one semester, you must earn a minimum of 18 semester hours during the academic year.

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA, meet the satisfactory academic progress (SAP) policy and complete a FAFSA each year, by NETC's priority deadline, to be considered for a NBG. Students cannot receive an award for more than eight terms. Students receiving assistance from WIA or TAA will not be eligible for need-based grants.

Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship (LIFE)

Eligible students may receive a LIFE Scholarship not to exceed $5,000 per academic year.  Tuition will be covered for a maximum of $2.350 each semester (fall & spring only) for eligible students. Also, eligible students will receive a $150 per semester book allowance.  Students can receive a LIFE Scholarship for four terms at NETC if enrolled in an associate degree program.  The student is eligible for the LIFE Scholarship for two semesters if enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. For additional information, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (843) 921-6991. 

For initial eligibility, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina and a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a graduate with a South Carolina high school diploma, or graduated from an approved home-school program as defined in the State Statue, Sections 59-65-40, 45, and 47, or a preparatory high school located outside of the state while the student is a dependent of a legal resident of South Carolina who has custody or pays child support and college expenses of the dependent high school student.
  • Graduated with a final minimum high school SC UGP GPA of 3.0.  Plan to enroll in a full-time program at NETC.
  • Have NO felony, drug or alcohol convictions.
  • Not owe a repayment to a federal or state grant or be in default on a federal student loan.
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 non-remedial semester hours per semester) in a degree, diploma, or certificate program.

Students must earn 30 semester hours (or 15 non-remedial semester hours if eligibility began during a spring semester) by the end of the academic year of enrollment and maintain a cumulative, collegiate GPA of 3.0 (excludes grades for remedial courses and for remedial courses earned prior to the spring semester if eligibility began during a spring term). Life Scholarship does not cover RWR 032, RWR 100, MAT 106 and ACC 100.  A student may defer the LIFE Scholarship for up to one year because of remediation.


  • A student receiving a LIFE Scholarship is not eligible for Lottery Tuition Assistance.
  • A student enrolled in a certificate program can receive the LIFE Scholarship for only two semesters.

A student must sign a certification form each year (renewal applications are available in the Admissions Office). If you have questions about the LIFE Scholarship or its conditions, contact Sheryll Marshall at (843) 921-6939 or 1-800-921-7399, ext. 6939.

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program (LTAP)

Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) helps students offset college tuition costs. LTA recipients can receive up to $80 per semester hour.  LTA award amounts differ each semester/year because the program is contingent upon annual approval and funding by the State of South Carolina. LTA funds are applied to tuition costs after awards from the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, S.C. Need-Based Grant, or National Guard CAP have been applied to a student's account.

Eligibility includes (but is not limited to) the following criteria:
  • Must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must qualify for in-state tuition rates and have been a South Carolina resident for at least one year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible certificate, diploma or degree program.
  • Must enroll for a minimum of six credit hours each semester.

After having attempted a minimum of 24 semester hours, a student must have earned a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA prior to the fall semester of an academic year to qualify for the next school year (fall, spring and summer terms).

A student cannot receive Lottery Tuition Assistance for more than one certificate, diploma or degree earned within any five-year period unless the additional certificate, diploma, or degree constitutes progress in the same field of study.

Note: If you received a LIFE Scholarship or a tuition waiver, you are not eligible for LTA. 

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