Guarantee of free tuition far from a reality as tech students lose on lottery aid

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Monday, February 10, 2014

More than a decade after voters approved a South Carolina lottery pitched as a way to fund free tuition to technical schools and two-year colleges, students still aren’t getting a free ride.

In fact, they’re digging deeper into their pockets and going further into debt than ever before in order to get the technical degrees and training required to land the skilled jobs area employers need filled.

The gap between lottery scholarships and tuition has widened to the point where Greenville Tech students are paying more out of their pockets than before the South Carolina Education Lottery began selling tickets in 2002.

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