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Tuition Assistance Grants

Applications for tuition assistance may be submitted

before the start of each semester for reimbursement

of that ​semester’s tuition.   Awards will be made as

long as funds are available.

Applications for the Fall 2016 semester should be submitted by mid-August 2016.   Applications for the Spring 2017 semester should be received by December 16, 2016. Applications for Summer 2017 will be accepted through April 30, 2017.

New in 2014-2015:  Part-time library staff may apply for tuition reimbursement grants.  See guidelines for eligibility.

The application should be filled out in Word, printed, signed, scanned, and emailed to the LSTA Coordinator. Mailed applications will be accepted but email is preferred. 

IMPORTANT - Please read before applying for LSTA funds

Grants of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are available for library staff seeking a Masters degree in Librarianship. Reimbursement of tuition is available for coursework that prepares librarians to develop, expand, deliver, or promote services and programs that are related to the six federal purposes.*

This LSTA program is not intended to provide assistance for generic library coursework. General introductory librarianship courses, and coursework in other areas of librarianship not directly applicable to the six purposes, cannot be reimbursed.

The six Federal purposes as outlined in LSTA (20 U.S.C. 9141) are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;

  2. Developing library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;

  3. Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;

  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;

  5. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;

  6. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact Director of Library Development Kathy Sheppard, (803) 734-8653.

To submit a comment or complaint about the administration of LSTA grants, please contact the SCSL Acting Director, Leesa Aiken, 803-734-8668.

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