Scholarships are financial aid awards that can help you pay for college. Sometimes a scholarship comes as a one-time check payment, or it can be renewable for each semester that you're in college. You do not have to repay a scholarship.

With many scholarships, you'll need to maintain minimum requirements to keep your scholarships. Current students can view the Scholarship Renewal Criteria on The Hub. 

State Scholarships 

The South Carolina Education Lottery funding comes to the College of Charleston in the form of state scholarships.
  • Palmetto Fellows

    The S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. To receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, students must apply through their high school counselor and meet specific academic requirements.

    Annual value: up to $6,700 for the first year and $7,500 for subsequent years.

    Four-year value: up to $29,200


    Learn More About Palmetto Fellows
  • LIFE Scholarship
    The South Carolina LIFE Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship award that is valued at $5,000 per year. Students must meet two out of the three requirements to be eligible for the scholarship.
    1. Minimum 1100 SAT or 22 ACT test score
    2. Rank top 30.00 percent of the graduating class
    3. Graduate from high school with a 3.0 GPA on the S.C. Uniform Grading Scale

    Annual value: $5,000
    Four-year value: $20,000

    Students will automatically be reviewed and awarded the scholarship by the College of Charleston. 


    Learn More About LIFE Scholarship
  • Enhancements for Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship

    Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship recipients who are enrolled in certain math and science majors may be eligible for an enhancement award beginning in their second year of enrollment. Students must have completed 14 hours in mathematics, or life or physical science, or any combination of both, during their first year to qualify for this enhancement.

    Annual value: up to $2,500 beginning sophomore year
    Three-year value: up to $7,500

    Learn More About Enhancements
  • HOPE Scholarship

    The South Carolina HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded value at $2,800 and is nonrenewable. A student must be an incoming first-year student with a 3.0 GPA who did not receive either the LIFE Scholarship or Palmetto Fellows.

    Learn More About HOPE Scholarship
  • Summer State Scholarship Participation

    For eligible students, Palmetto Fellows, LIFE and Enhancement Scholarships can be used over the summer. Please contact a financial aid counselor to determine eligibility requirements.

  • Teaching Fellows

    The S.C. Teaching Fellows Program is a merit-based program designed to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching program, and to help them develop leadership qualities. The South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment administers the Teaching Fellows program. This program should not be confused with the S.C. Teacher Loan.

    Annual value: up to $6,000

    Four-year value: up to $24,000

    Learn More About Teaching Fellows

Institutional Scholarships (First-Year Students) 

Institutional scholarships can be either merit based or need based. A separate application is not required for a student to be considered for a merit-based scholarship. To be considered for a need-based scholarship, a student must submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline.
  • Access to Excellence

    Excellence institutional scholarships are awarded to entering first-time, first-year students and are based on demonstrated financial need. To be considered for these awards, students should submit a valid FAFSA by the priority deadline of February 1.

  • Colonial Scholarship

    The Colonial Scholarship was established as the College of Charleston’s most prestigious scholarship. Four recipients are selected from the highest qualified students from South Carolina in each first-year student class.

    The academic credentials of the students at the time of admission, prior academic and community service involvement, and personal interviews with members of the Scholarship Committee are considered in the selection process.

  • College of Charleston Merit Scholarship


    • First-year applicants to the College of Charleston are automatically considered for College of Charleston merit scholarships. We take a holistic approach in our scholarship review process and consider multiple factors when assessing scholarship awards.
    • Apply for admission to the College of Charleston by November 1 for maximum consideration of merit- and need-based scholarships.


    • First-year student admitted to the College of Charleston
    • Enroll full time (12 hours) to be eligible for scholarship funds.

    Non-Resident Scholarships

    • Non-resident scholarships (both merit-based and need-based) are available to out-of-state students and cover 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.

    Continued Eligibilty

    • Recipients of the College of Charleston Merit Scholarship must maintain a cumulative College of Charleston GPA of 3.0
    • Recipients 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.
    • Scholarships are renewed automatically if the student maintains the required academic standards.
  • National Merit Scholarship

    The National Merit Scholarship is for students that are National Merit Finalists and list the College of Charleston as their first choice.

    Students will receive $2,000 per year in addition to any other scholarships the student receives. The College does not require a separate application for this scholarship.

  • James E. Clyburn Scholarship

    Students receiving the James E. Clyburn/Rudolph Canzater Foundation Scholarship will receive a two-to-one matching scholarship from the College of Charleston. This means that for every $1 in scholarship awards a student receives from the James E. Clyburn/Rudolph Canzater Foundation, the College of Charleston will match it with $2. 

    All students must enroll full time (12 hours) each semester in order to be eligible for any scholarship funds. This scholarship is renewable. Current students can view scholarship renewal criteria on The Hub. 

  • Upward Bound Scholarship

    Scholarships are offered to two Charleston County residents who have participated in a TRIO program as designated by the U.S. Department of Education and who possess strong academic records. 

    All students must enroll full time (12 hours) each semester. This scholarship is renewable. 

    About Upward Bound


The College of Charleston uses an online scholarship awarding system called the Cougar Scholarship Award System (CSAS). Through CSAS you can apply for all privately funded scholarships and all departmental scholarships with one easy application.

CSAS Help & Corrections
If your personal identifiable information is incorrect in CSAS (name, social security number, date of birth), contact the Registrar’s Office to have your information updated.

For all other issues, including incorrect or missing information in the Cougar Scholarship Awarding System, email

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships are private sources of money offered from non-College of Charleston-affiliated organizations. Outside scholarships sources may include local clubs, businesses, organizations and churches.

Receiving an Outside Scholarship

If you're receiving an outside scholarship, you should ensure that the scholarship check has your College of Charleston Student ID Number (CWID) in the memo line. Checks that are co-payable to you and the College will require your signature after they have been received by the College. We prefer a check and an accompanying letter addressing which semester the check is covering.

Checks should be mailed to:
College of Charleston
Treasurer's Office
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424

Need enrollment verification for an outside scholarship?

If you are an entering first-year student receiving an outside scholarship and need verification of enrollment, please contact the Office of Admissions to request that document.

If you are a currently enrolled student and need enrollment certification, please visit the Registrar’s Office.