Public Policy Issues and Information
SCICU provides a voice for independent higher education in South Carolina at the State House, in Congress, and before agencies, boards, and commissions. Working through the Public Policy Committee and Board of Trustees, SCICU promotes sound fiscal and public policy on matters of critical importance to its member colleges and universities.
Relevant matters include general and special appropriations for student grants and scholarships, legislation related to higher education, postsecondary students, and non-profit organizations, and education-related public policy issues before agencies, boards, and commissions.
2019 Legislative Priorities and Strategic Plan
123rd General Assembly of South Carolina, First Session: January 8 – May 9, 2019
- UPDATE May 23, 2019 — Final version of budget delivered to the governor includes the full $1.6 million increase requested by the SC Tuition Grants Commission. This will increase the individual tuition grant maximum to $3,450 from $3,300..
- UPDATE April 14, 2019 — SC General Assembly members are focused on the state budget and the crossover deadline.
- April 10, 2019 State House Rally Day — Independent Colleges and Universities Week celebrated April 8-12 in South Carolina. See Governor McMaster’s proclamation and the concurrent resolution from the General Assembly.
- SCICU students say “Thank You” 9,000 times to SC General Assembly members.
- Sen. Vince Sheheen named 2019 SCICU Legislative Champion.
- UPDATE March 26, 2019 — Budget approved by the House contains the full $1.6 million increase requested by the SC Tuition Grants Commission. If the Senate approves and the governor signs the budget, the maximum tuition grant will increase from $3,300 to $3,450.
- UPDATE January 15, 2019 — Education reform will be the top issue for the 2019 SC General Assembly session.
- SCICU Legislative Coordinators Kickoff Meeting – December 7, 2018 — SC independent colleges and universities working to keep tuition affordable.
- UPDATE May 23, 2019 — News regarding the House “Equality Act,” proposed increased in Pell Grant maximums, and more.
- UPDATE April 14, 2019 — Surprise agreement on Title IV
- UPDATE March 26, 2019 — The Executive budget, submitted two months late, creates concerns regarding the funding of programs that support the most economically disadvantaged students.
- SCICU president’s five takeaways from February 2019 Capitol Hill visits.
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- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
116th United States Congress, First Session: January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2020