Clinton College is offering qualifying students free tuition for the new 2021-2022 school year! Learn all about the great news and Clinton College President Lester A. McCorn’s announcement in The Miami Times article below.

Clinton College in Rock Hill, S.C., was founded in 1894 by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. (Credit: Clinton College)

A small historically Black college in South Carolina established in 1894 is offering all full-time students free tuition for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year.

Clinton College President Lester McCorn made the announcement last week for qualifying full-time students at the school in Rock Hill. The school had already made the commitment to slash fall tuition by 50% for its students, and offer every student a new tablet, news outlets reported.

But now the college is making tuition free as the school hopes to ensure its students receive a college education despite financial hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each full-time student will also receive a free Microsoft Surface laptop, McCorn said.

“We want to make sure you can perform with excellence without excuse,” he said.

The school’s website lists the cost of tuition for full-time students at $4,960 per semester, while a full year costs $9,920.

Students who are vaccinated can live on campus and will still be responsible for paying room and board. Those who attend full time and live off campus can continue their courses online free of charge.

“It has been taxing for each and every one of us,” McCorn said of the pandemic. “At Clinton College, we have done our best to keep the school moving forward and providing a quality education, even in a virtual environment.”

Clinton College was one of many schools established by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church during Reconstruction years, to help eradicate illiteracy among freedmen. It has operated continuously for 120 years.

The school is among a wave of smaller colleges and universities around the state offering free tuition to students during the pandemic, local paper The Herald reported. Spartanburg Community College is currently offering students a similar deal to anyone taking a minimum of six credits – or two courses – while Denmark Technical College recently offered to waive the costs for the first 500 applicants for the fall semester.