Sometimes doesn't work out. Or last very long. The promise and results from South Carolina, as reported in The Greenville News.
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.
Tech school officials blame the rising tuition on falling state support. Legislators point to the post-9/11 recession followed by the economic crash of 2008 for declines in higher education funding.
Whatever the reason, tuition and fees at technical colleges in South Carolina are above the national average and among the highest in the Southeast, according to figures from the College Board and the Southern Regional Education Board.