Last year the governor proposed and General Assembly approved a historic $10 million in additional Tuition Grants funding in the 2021-22 state budget.
“The thousands of letters sent to members of the General Assembly highlight the importance of Tuition Grants to so many students who rely on them to attend the private college or university that best meets their needs,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “Tuition Grant recipients hail from every House and Senate district in South Carolina.”
Before the January opening of the General Assembly session, SCICU joined campus legislative coordinators at a kickoff gathering that provided them with a state budget forecast, student letter-writing strategies, and more. Campuses then hosted letter-writing events throughout the semester, culminating with a celebration of their efforts at Higher Education Day in April.
Anderson University, a perennial powerhouse in the student letter-writing campaign, won the 2022 competition with 1,770 Tuition Grant thank-you letters sent to members of the General Assembly. With 100% of its Tuition Grants recipients penning thank-you letters, Allen University won the honor of highest percentage of eligible students writing letters to senators and representatives.
SCICU President Jeff Perez announced the winners of the 2022 letter-writing campaign at the April 6 Higher Education Day, an inaugural joint rally of students from SCICU campuses, S.C.’s public universities, and the S.C. Technical School System. Please click here to read more about this historic rally at the S.C. State House.