USC Sumter Announces New Tuition Assistance Policy for Military Students

Sumter, SC (10/25/2019) — The University of South Carolina Sumter announced beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, the tuition rate for Active Duty Military service members will be reduced to $250 per credit hour to match the funding provided through the US Military Tuition Assistance programs that active-duty and veterans receive as part of their armed services benefits. This reduction ensures active duty service members will have no out of pocket costs for tuition while attending USC Sumter.

This initiative directly supports USC Sumter's mission of making higher education and obtaining a degree more affordable and accessible. The policy will continue to enhance the campus' commitment to serve and support the military community.

"The Tuition Assistance agreement means more of our active duty military will be able to attend classes at USC Sumter tuition free," said Michael E. Sonntag, Dean at USC Sumter. "One of our goals at USC Sumter is to find ways to lessen or eliminate the financial burden on our students."

Tuition Assistance benefits are a way for the military to provide education benefits to service members on active duty. The benefit is administered by each branch of service and is typically earned based on service. When military students use Tuition Assistance to pay for courses, the VA can pay up to 100% of their out of pocket tuition costs.