Tuition scholarships for 1,300 exceptional students in SC!

South Carolina’s ECENC helps students with special needs attend credentialed private schools. Parents can chose either tuition tax credits or scholarships funded by Exceptional SC.

In mid September, Exceptional SC announced the issuance of more than 1,300 scholarship grants totaling $4.42 Million for the 2016 Fall Semester. These awards create opportunities for students with exceptional needs to attend more than 100 eligible, independent schools across the state.

Exceptional SC is a (501)(c)(3) authorized by Proviso 109.15 passed by the South Carolina General Assembly. These awards are made possible through your generous donations. Donations to Exceptional SC are still being accepted.

By donating, individuals and corporations who pay South Carolina income taxes and donate to Exceptional SC are:

  • -Eligible to claim a dollar for dollar credit on state income tax liability; (or) Entitled to a tax credit against bank taxes imposed pursuant to Chapter 11, Title 12;
  • -Limited to a maximum credit claim that is 60% of their one-year tax liability; -Not allowed to designate specific student or school as beneficiary;
  • -Limited by a first come, first serve annual statewide cap of $10 million.

Exceptional SC is a special charity called a Scholarship Funding Organization (SFO). Established by the Department of Revenue (DOR), it is governed by a coalition of South Carolina private school association. Exceptional SC exists solely to award scholarships and 97 percent of its revenues must by spent on these tuition grants.

Learn more about the tax credit funded scholarships and tuition tax credits at