#FeatureFriday: Higher Education in the Upstate

Feature Friday Upstate

College may seem like it's far away to parents of young children, but it's closer than you think! September is College Savings Month, and it's important to think about starting to save now.

Future Scholar is the 529 college savings plan sponsored by the State of South Carolina and administered by the Office of State Treasurer, Curtis Loftis. It was created under section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and sponsored by individual states, 529 plans are tax-advantaged education savings vehicles held by an account owner for a designated beneficiary. Beginning in 2002, changes to the Internal Revenue Code have rendered these plans more attractive than many other savings vehicles in tax treatment of withdrawals used for qualified education expenses.

Future Scholar is designed to help make saving for college easier. Future Scholar funds can be used to pay for tuition and qualified higher education expenses at eligible two and four-year public and private colleges, and graduate, professional and certain vocational programs.

This month, we'll use the hashtag #FeatureFriday to see all of the state-funded universities and colleges across South Carolina. Today we'll look at the Upstate.

Clemson University

Clemson Paw

Founded in 1889, Clemson is a science- and engineering-oriented college dedicated to teaching, research and service. Clemson University is in Clemson, South Carolina. It's currently ranked No. 21 among all public universities in the U.S.News & World Report.

Mascot: Tiger

Colors: Orange and Purple

 Undergraduate Students: 17,360


Lander University

Lander Bearcats Logo

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a co-educational, state-assisted, comprehensive, regional, four-year university in Greenwood, South Carolina. 

Mascot: Bearcat

Colors: Navy and White

Students: 2,700



 University of South Carolina - Upstate

USC Upstate Logo

Now in its 49th year, USC Upstate is a senior comprehensive public institution of the University of South Carolina. University of South Carolina Upstate offers bachelor's degree programs in liberal arts, sciences, business administration, nursing and teacher education.

 Mascot: Spartans

Colors: Green and While

Students: Approx. 6,000


University of South Carolina - Union

University Of South Carolina Union Logo

The University of South Carolina Union is a regional campus of the University of South Carolina in Union, SC. The two year university has a mission to provide higher education and intellectual leadership for its service area. USC Union offers a varied curriculum grounded in the liberal arts.

Mascot: Bantams

Students: Approx. 500