Governor McMaster to seek more funding for students based on need

The press conference will be held at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

COLUMBIA, SC – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and the SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE) will call on the General Assembly to provide more need-based grants to postsecondary students at a press conference on Wednesday.

The press conference will be held at the University of South Carolina Alumni Center at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

South Carolina has a need-based grant program in place.

According to CHE, the COVID-19 pandemic has suffered a heavy financial and psychological toll on students and their families. According to CHE, enrollment in the fall decreased by 13% among the higher education of SC.

Expanding need-based grants would help all South Carolina residents have access to post-secondary education.

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“CHE is committed to increasing educational attainment by keeping college accessible and affordable for all South Carolina residents,” said Dr. Rusty Monhollon, CHE President and CEO. “As more of the cost of higher education has been passed on to students and their families, the importance of extending financial aid according to need has never been greater. Need-based grants, as part of a well-designed set of financial aid policies, improve access, persistence, and completion among low-income students. As such, they represent a huge investment in our young people, and we, as a state, must do so.

According to CHE, these grants would ensure affordable higher education for South Carolina residents, creating a better workforce.

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