Lawful Presence Policy

  • Lawful Presence Policy for SC Illegal Immigration Reform Act

    Lawful Presence in the United States Must Be Verified Before Enrollment

    The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 2008 (S.C. Code Ann.59-101-430) prohibits those unlawfully in the United States from attending a public institution of higher education in South Carolina and from receiving a public higher education benefit. The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act requires all public institutions of higher education to verify that all students are lawfully present in the U.S.

    Students claiming to be United States citizens can verify their citizenship status by completing either the U.S. Citizenship Verification Form or SCC Admission Application and must provide one of the following:

    Students who are not United States citizens must provide appropriate documentation and will be verified through the Department of Homeland Security's Student Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS) or Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database.

    Students will not be able to register for classes until SCC has received their documents. For inquiries, contact the Admissions office at (864) 592-4800 or email