Gov. Henry McMaster announced the Safe Access to Flexible Education grant program or SAFE.
The program aims to help families suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19 meet their educational needs.
The governor allocates a total amount of $32 million for the program that comes from the allotment of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds.
The Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants will provide each student of up to a $6,500 tuition assistance to approximately 5,000 students. The first 2,500 will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis and the remaining grants will be distributed by lottery.
Families with a household adjusted gross income level of 300 percent or less of the federal poverty level may apply. For instance, a family of four earning less than $78,600 could apply.
Parents can sign up to receive an alert for then the SAFE grants portal opens at https://mysceducation.org
The GEER funds were allocated by the CARES act passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump and allocated directly to the governors.
The governor recently announced that some GEER funds were donated to the state’s eight historically black colleges and universities.