COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Education Department says the class of 2013 was offered a record $1.15 billion in college scholarships.
That tops the amount offered to last year's public high school seniors by nearly $89 million.
The total includes scholarships not accepted by students. It represents all scholarships offered to students as they consider which two- or four-year college to attend. The figures assume students keep all of their scholarships through graduation. Scholarships funded by the state lottery accounted for one third of the total.
The state gathers the information from school districts, as well as charter schools, the governor's schools in Hartsville and Greenville, and the School for the Deaf and the Blind.
The totals have risen yearly since the state began tracking the figure, from $684 million in 2007.