Technical colleges fight for lottery funding

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC)- College students across the state receive funding from the South Carolina Education Lottery to pay for their tuition.

With tough budget times, concern has gripped some technical college students who fear the legislature could put the money towards other educational needs, squelching their chance of getting a college degree.

One in three technical college students in South Carolina relies on money from the South Carolina Education Lottery to further their education.

Lottery-funded scholarships pay for roughly half of a student's yearly tuition at Trident Technical College.

Since the scholarship's inception,  the South Carolina Technical College System, which oversees the 16 technical colleges in the state, has encouraged recipients to write letters to lawmakers thanking them for the assistance.

In the past few years the letter writing campaign among the state's technical colleges has become more aggressive as lawmakers tighten the state's purse strings.

A spokesperson with the South Carolina Education Lottery said she is unaware of any plans the legislature may have to reduce lottery assistance money for college students.

In January several technical college students will speak before the General Assembly about the importance of the tuition money.

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