South College Promise is a tuition assistance grant funded directly by South College and awarded to qualified recent high school graduates at our Asheville campus. Recipients receive $4,000 per eligible quarter for a maximum of three quarters. See below for details.
The South College Promise Grant
What the Grant Entails
College should give students a better start in their careers, not burden them with student loan debt. To help minimize the amount that students borrow to pay for college, South College provides tuition assistance for eligible undergraduate students. The South College promise grant is available for all Associate & Bachelor’s programs available at the Asheville campus.
Applicants meeting the below requirements will receive this grant award to be applied to the direct costs of institutional charges for the first three quarters of study. Students must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) with continuous enrollment through the first three quarters in an undergraduate program of study and must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 for each quarter in order to continue to receive the grant. If a 2.0 is not earned in quarter one, no additional grant funds will be awarded. Likewise for quarter two. Students receiving the South College Promise Grant are not eligible for any additional South College grant. The award amount for this grant is $4,000 per eligible quarter for a maximum of three quarters to be applied to all eligible institutional charges regardless of federal aid (Title IV) and other aid eligibility.
This grant is offered to provide assistance for recent high school graduates in order to help keep student loan debt to a minimum.
Please see the Office of Financial Aid or speak with an Admissions Staff representative for more details.
The South College Promise Grant award is subject to change at the discretion of the college. Awards made to eligible students will not change as long as the student maintains eligibility as described above. Students with interruption of enrollment in the award period due to the satisfaction of program prerequisites may apply for an exception to the continuous enrollment requirement. The South College Promise Grant does not have a cash value and will not be considered towards any credit balances that may result from the award.
Who Is Eligible?
The South College Promise Grant is a grant program effective November 2017 (fall mid-quarter). Recipients of this grant must meet the following requirements:
- Be a recent high school graduate or homeschooled graduate from an accredited high school or accredited home school program (graduated within the last six months prior to enrollment at South College).
- Have never attended South College previously.
- Declare pursuit of an approved undergraduate program offered at the South College Asheville campus (Certificate programs are not eligible).
- Provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.
The Origin of the South College Promise Grant
Beginning November of 2017, the South College Promise Grant and was created as a way for us to provide our students in North Carolina with a similar level of tuition support that our Tennessee students receive as a part of the TN Promise scholarship program. TN Promise is a publicly funded state scholarship available to students at eligible institutions like South College, but at that time, our students in North Carolina didn’t have access to a comparable program in their state.
After we instituted the South College Promise Grant, the State of North Carolina announced the North Carolina Promise Tuition Plan, which will roll out at 3 state schools beginning in the fall of 2018. The South College Promise Grant is not a part of the North Carolina Promise Tuition Plan program and is not administered or funded by the State of North Carolina. It is much more limited in scope than TN Promise, so we’re glad to be able to offer South College Promise Grant funds to our students directly at our Asheville Campus.
South College remains devoted to giving our students easy access to affordable, high-quality education that will improve their lives and careers, and the South College Promise Grant remains one of the many ways we show that support.