SOCASTEE, SC - High School seniors are preparing to graduate and many have made plans to attend college next year. As the cost of a higher education continues to rise, more students continue to find ways to pay less for school.
Heading to college can be financially stressful.
"There is a lot to be worries about. Not just the cost of school itself but the cost of living," said Erica Roy, Socastee High School senior.
Roy said she plans to receive state funding to attend South Carolina University next year. Counselors at Socastee High School said nearly half of the school's graduating class with receive some form of financial assistance for college.
"We have about 230 students who will earn money to go to college" said Robb Urbaniak, teacher at Socastee High SChool. "It's just a great opportunity for our students."
When it comes to paying for college, student advisors said South Carolina offers several options including the LIFE scholarship which is available to students with a 3.0 GPA or a high S.A.T. score.
"It basically covers the cost of your tuition and in addition it provides $150 a semester or a max of $300 a year for book stipends" said Greg Thompson, Vice President of Student Affairs at Horry Georgetown Technical College.
Data shows the number of Horry Georgetown Technical College students using state funding to pay for college has nearly double over the past five years. Thompson said options like the State Lottery Assistance program can cover nearly 75% of tuition cost at two-year institutions.
For more information about state funding options: <http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/states/south-carolina.htm>
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