Financially troubled South Carolina State University could get some budget help with $13 million in federal money.
The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that President Thomas Elzey says the money was originally awarded to the school for archives at the James E. Clyburn Transportation Center.
But Elzey says a letter to local lawmakers from U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn indicates the money could be used for other purposes. Elzey wants clarification from the congressman because using the money elsewhere would require changing federal law.
The money would go a long way toward easing the university's financial problems.
A committee of current and former state college presidents has found the school has an $18 million deficit. The state earlier this year approved a $6 million loan to the school.