South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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S. 138


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Sponsors: Senators McElveen, Senn, Cromer, Loftis, Stephens and Campsen
Document Path: LC-0105WAB23.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 10, 2023
Introduced in the House on March 28, 2023
Last Amended on March 8, 2023
Education and Public Works

Summary: LIFE Scholarship eligibility


Date Body Action Description with journal page number
11/30/2022 Senate Prefiled
11/30/2022 Senate Referred to Committee on Education
1/10/2023 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 77)
1/10/2023 Senate Referred to Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 77)
2/22/2023 Senate Committee report: Favorable Education (Senate Journal-page 8)
3/8/2023 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 22)
3/8/2023 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 22)
3/8/2023 Senate Roll call Ayes-42 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 22)
3/15/2023 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 22)
3/15/2023 Senate Roll call Ayes-40 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 22)
3/28/2023 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 34)
3/28/2023 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 34)

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March 8, 2023

S. 138

Introduced by Senators McElveen, Senn, Cromer, Loftis and Stephens


S. Printed 03/08/23--S.

Read the first time January 10, 2023













A bill


to amend the South Carolina Code of Laws by amending Section 59-149-50, relating to GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR LIFE SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY AND RETENTION, so as to PROVIDE A student who becomes eligible for a LIFE Scholarship may not subsequently become ineligible for retention of the scholarship based on a grade in a dual enrollment class.

    Amend Title To Conform


Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:


SECTION 1.  Section 59-149-50(B) of the S.C. Code is amended to read:


    (B) Students receiving a LIFE Scholarship to retain it and students currently enrolled in an eligible institution to receive such a scholarship must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and earn at least thirty credit hours each year for the maximum of semesters permitted at that institution by Section 59-149-60.  The cumulative grade point average calculation, for purposes of LIFE scholarship eligibility, must be inclusive of the student's grade point average at all public or independent institutions attended by the student. Beginning with the 2023 high school graduating class, a grade in a dual enrollment class shall not prevent a student from retaining their LIFE scholarship for their second year.


SECTION 2.  This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.


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