Announcement

09/04/2024

Dear Student Coin Community,

After a detailed analysis and careful consideration of our situation, resources, and opportunities, we have reached the hard decision to discontinue the Student Coin project and use all of the remaining resources to repurchase all $STC Tokens. This decision, although difficult, is made with the highest responsibility towards our community.

We have resolved to initiate the process of closing the Student Coin and redeem all $STC Tokens. Our priority is a transparent and fair repurchase strategy for all token holders. The $STC Token Redemption plan will be calculated on an individual basis, taking into account the varied ways tokens were acquired, such as purchase prices, airdrops, and bonuses, to ensure fairness and equality.

$STC Token Redemption will be conducted at a Price Above Market Value: In recognition of your support, the repurchase price will be significantly higher than the current market rate.

Funds Allocation for Token Redemption: We are dedicating all of our current funds, which were intended for project development, to the token redemption process. This constitutes 91.5% of our project's total historical funding, ensuring a fair and complete redemption for all token holders.

Immediate Token Burn: All tokens currently held by the Student Coin treasury will be immediately burned, with no redemption value. This action exceeds our initial promise and improves the value proposition for our community.

We are profoundly thankful for your support during this journey and are committed to ensuring a seamless transition during this period. We encourage you to review the detailed information about our history, reasons, and the procedures that will be helpful during the entire process.

Thank you for your trust and support.

Kind regards,

The Student Coin Team

The initial deadline to redeem $STC tokens passed on June 9, 2024.

Some redemption options are no longer available. Please carefully review the process to see if you can redeem your $STC through the late redemption option before the final deadlines.

9th June Update

The $STC redemption process is proceeding smoothly. Over 80% of our community members have already claimed their USDC for $STC, and 100% of the project tokens have been burned. You can check the live data of the burn process here. We have successfully deactivated most of our products and delisted the token from centralized exchanges. We have also received extensive feedback from our community supporting our decision and the redemption of $STC above market price. We are very grateful for all the warm words we have received. Thank you!

Please note that users who did not redeem $STC before the first deadline (June 9, 2024) can still claim the USDC according to the following procedures:

$STC held in the STC Wallet:

Please visit the STC Wallet website and email us to access the late redemption panel.

$STC held on-chain in DeFi wallets (Metamask, Coinbase Wallet, Trust Wallet, etc.):

Please check the On-Chain Burn Procedure to send your $STC to the burn address and receive USDC accordingly.

$STC held on centralized exchanges (KuCoin, ProBit, HitBTC, etc.):

Please withdraw your $STC from the exchange to an on-chain wallet, and proceed as with the on-chain redemption option mentioned above.

Additionally, we would like to inform you that the STC Wallet fast redemption process is no longer available. Trading of $STC on centralized exchanges has also stopped, allowing users only to withdraw their tokens instead of selling them on the open market. Please visit the exchange where you hold your tokens for more information. We have also lowered the liquidity on Uniswap V3 and moved towards the On-Chain Burn Procedure.

We will keep you updated on the process on October 9, 2024.

Thank you,
The Student Coin Team

$STC Token Redemption Announcement

Introduction

In an important decision marking the culmination of our journey, the Student Coin Team has resolved to conclude the project, initiating a comprehensive $STC Token Redemption process. This decision reflects our commitment to integrity and the best interests of our community, ensuring a structured and equitable closure that will allow all the $STC Token holders to redeem or sell their tokens for USDC at a fair price.

The journey of Student Coin since its inception has been remarkable, characterized by innovation, community engagement, and the pursuit of democratizing financial education through blockchain technology. Despite our successes and the creation of valuable educational resources and platforms like STC University and Coinpaper, the evolving challenges and market dynamics have led us to this difficult but necessary decision. The redemption and sale process is designed to honor the trust and investment our community has placed in us, providing a transparent pathway for all the token holders.

Throughout this transition, our focus remains steadfast on ensuring fairness for all the groups of holders and honoring the commitment of every community member. With an above market price redemption range between $0.006 and $0.0137, we are committed to making the process as seamless as possible, providing detailed guidance and robust support at each step. The redemption price will vary based on each token's history, offering higher values for tokens purchased via STC Wallet or received through active engagement in the Premium Holder Program, while assigning lower values to tokens acquired on the open market or received as complimentary bonuses and airdrops. As we approach this final chapter, our gratitude towards our supportive community is boundless, and we eagerly anticipate the enduring impact of Student Coin's legacy on future blockchain innovations.

1. Student Coin history and its summary

Student Coin was initiated by a group of undergraduate students at Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland, in 2019. Initially named "ALK Token," its primary utility was to explore blockchain capabilities, including sending, receiving, and converting tokens. The successful outcome of this experiment encouraged us to pursue our vision of imparting blockchain knowledge through practical application, leading to airdrops of the token to students at Kozminski University and other Polish universities. The overwhelming support prompted us to list the token on the Waves Exchange and launch international airdrops. By the end of 2020, we will have reached more than 15,000 students from more than 500 universities around the world, enabling anyone with a valid student ID to claim free student coins.

In the project's early stages, we aimed to add substantial value to the $STC Token. We established the STC Academy (called initially the STC Educational Panel), a comprehensive online resource covering blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and personal crypto security. Encouraged by the growing enthusiasm within our community, we sought funding to develop more sophisticated project elements, such as a wallet, exchange, and terminal, enabling students to create their tokens. A pre-launchpad at the end of 2020, pricing the token at USD 0.0025, significantly accelerated our development, allowing us to enlarge our team and secure listings on Uniswap and the first centralized exchange.

February 2021 marked the beginning of the STC Launchpad, which expanded our community from 20,000 to over 200,000 users and facilitated the sale of $STC Tokens at remarkable valuations. We were immensely grateful to the cryptocurrency community for this opportunity, which enabled us to expand our business and technical teams and introduce additional projects under the Student Coin banner. The $STC Token was also listed on over ten exchanges, including major platforms like KuCoin, Bittrex, and Bithumb Global.

By the end of 2021, we had launched an upgraded version of the STC Wallet, introduced the STC Terminal for custom token creation, and established Coinpaper, a crypto news portal. In 2022, we co-developed the DeFi derivative exchange Logium, enhanced the STC Educational Panel to the STC Academy, and updated the STC Wallet. We also revised some initial strategies, such as university-based tokens and startup crowdfunding support, as we faced obstacles we did not foresee in advance. A rapidly changing environment caused some of these circumstances, and others originated from lack of practical experience about the various elements of the initiatives we intended to undertake.

In 2023, we launched STC University, an advanced version of the STC Academy offering comprehensive blockchain education and produced numerous educational videos about cryptocurrencies. Coinpaper experienced significant growth, with an active user increase rate of nearly 19,75% each month.

Throughout the project, our legal and finance teams worked diligently behind the scenes to protect the project's funds from major collapses in the crypto world such as Luna, UST, FTX, Genesis or Celsius and navigate through bear markets and legal uncertainties.

As of April 2024, we can summarize our significant achievements and candidly address the goals we did not meet, explaining these shortfalls.

Achievements:

  • Engaged a community of over 300,000 users
  • Listed the token on more than 10 exchanges, including KuCoin, HitBTC, and Bittrex
  • Generated over 300 million impressions in our campaigns
  • Collaborated with more than 20 partners in education, software, and legal fields, such as SSRN, multiple academic clubs and software-houses
  • Directly employed over 80 individuals throughout the project's lifespan
  • Produced over 2,000 pages of educational material on digital currencies
  • Recorded more than 50 hours of educational content on digital currencies
  • Educated over 210,000 individuals through STC University and STC Academy
  • Reached over 15,000 students globally
  • Backed $STC Token through partner-based token acquisitions and the Premium Holder Program
  • Developed the STC Wallet and STC Converter applications
  • Launched the STC Terminal for creating diverse tokens
  • Introduced mobile versions of the STC Wallet on the AppStore and Google Play with over 80,000 downloads
  • Established Coinpaper.com, a rapidly growing crypto news portal
  • Reached 60,000 monthly active users at Coinpaper
  • Participated in multiple conferences worldwide
  • Co-created a Decentralized Exchange for derivatives
  • Launched two popular newsletters via Coinpaper and STC University with over 30,000 subscribers
  • Allocated project’s cash equivalents in the responsible way to deliver over the market interests with minimal risk that significantly minimized the total costs
  • Safeguarded the project's finances through STC Research and Finance unit during various crypto bankruptcies
  • Successful managed of project’s finances during the USD and Anchor Protocol collapse
  • Secured the total funding during the Celsius, FTX, and Genesis collapses
  • Minimized project business service costs through proper process management and building internal know-how
  • Performed ongoing monitoring of the market and legal and financial environment, so that legal strategies were implemented and the corporate structure was modeled before real problems in these sectors occurred 
  • Performed ongoing tax optimization that has reduced project costs to the minimum legally possible


Having outlined our achievements, it's essential to reflect on the challenges that hindered further development.

Unrealized Goals:

  • Widespread Promotion of STC Terminal: We aimed for a large-scale promotion of the STC Terminal. However, this was not possible due to fewer people than expected wanting to create and use their own personal tokens. 
  • Launch of University-Based Tokens: Our goal to launch official university-based tokens faced challenges. Despite multiple discussions, universities were hesitant due to their difficulty in integrating cryptocurrencies into their daily operations. 
  • Startup Launchpads with Partner Projects: We intended to launch multiple startup launchpads in collaboration with partner projects. This goal was hindered by the low quality of projects that approached us for launch on the STC Terminal and STC Wallet. 
  • Development of STC Wallet and Logium: We aimed to fully develop the STC Wallet and Logium into popular cryptocurrency exchanges. This was not achievable within our maximal commitment to operate entirely within certain legal and regulatory frameworks. 
  • Token Pricing Levels of 2021: We hoped to reach the token pricing levels seen in 2021. However, this was not possible as we focused on building the project's value fundamentally rather than concentrating on marketing expenditures.

A significant hurdle was encountered with the STC Terminal. We envisioned a world where individuals, organizations, and startups would each have their utility tokens, similar to how $STC Tokens were aimed to function within our community. This vision would allow for greater engagement and decision-making among community members. However, our outreach to various universities, including prestigious institutions, revealed widespread opposition to issuing digital assets due to legal uncertainties. Additionally, our efforts to promote the STC Terminal as a platform for token-based startups did not attract candidates who met our criteria for sustainable, value-driven projects. These circumstances undermined the relevance of the STC Terminal, calling into question the assumption of a world where everything is tokenized. We also took steps to develop the operation of the Terminal using other principles. Ultimately, we concluded that we must focus on other projects within Student Coin.

Our goal to establish STC Wallet as a comprehensive exchange faced similar obstacles. Initially, we aimed to create an STC Exchange supporting crypto-to-crypto and crypto-to-fiat transactions. However, a thorough legal analysis and observation of risks, compounded by the collapse of other exchanges like FTX, led us to reconsider the plan. We opted for a partnership to create a non-centralized exchange, Logium, which did not progress satisfactorily despite its innovative approach. We have performed our role within the framework of this partnership and have decided not to expand it, as the entire project did not progress satisfactorily. Consequently, we decided to maintain STC Convert as a functional exchange feature within the STC Wallet instead of launching it as a separate entity.

Lastly, our objective was not achieved to restore the $STC Token's value to its 2021 highs. This shortfall was due to our inability to scale the project as anticipated and a significant overvaluation in 2021. Despite our efforts to support the token through market operations, liquidity provision, and marketing, the bearish market sentiment proved too strong, resulting in unsatisfactory performance.

Facing these challenges has led us to reassess our approach and premises. We've concluded that creating fundamental value for the $STC Token on our desired scale is nearly unattainable, leaving us three paths: continue as is with little hope for improvement, pivot to a new token with fresh speculative value, or initiate a comprehensive token redemption. As we do not want to build a speculative token that will spend all of its money on marketing to increase the price, or become a meme coin, we believe the most ethical choice is to proceed with redeeming the $STC Tokens, acknowledging the inability of satisfying our community under current conditions.We aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the project's journey better to explain the genesis of the STC Token Redemption decision.

2. The Genesis of the $STC Token Redemption decision

The decision to close the Student Coin project was influenced by multiple factors and needed to be considered at multiple levels. The primary reasons include challenges with capital allocation to build the token value fundamentally, legal uncertainty, and significant pressure on the team.

Firstly, the pricing of the $STC Token reached an enormously high pricing of $0.06599 per token at its All Time High and sustained over $0.02$ during two months in 2021. The all-time high that occurred after the STC Launchpad completion meant that token increased over 13 000% from its initial listing in 2019. While this could be seen as a success, it set a very high expectation for the project to outperform and continually deliver substantial value to the community. Despite our best efforts, we realized that achieving such significant value again through creating token utilities in our existing fundamental initiatives, including the STC University, STC Academy, Coinpaper, STC Wallet, and STC Terminal, is not feasible. We've observed that increased spending on our project's development doesn't significantly impact the token price as expected, indicating that the price is more influenced by unsustainable marketing dynamics than by its utility and fundamental factors. This realization led us to conclude that the current allocation of the project's funds was not optimal for the $STC Token holders, prompting us to rethink the project's future and what we should do with the remaining funding.

Secondly, our commitment to the principles of decentralization and freedom and the opportunities that the cryptocurrency world has provided for both our project and personal development remains strong. We continue to believe that blockchain technology, in particular, is a great achievement of modern science and that it will be implemented in many areas of the changing world, not just in the world of decentralized finance. However, the cryptocurrency landscape has shifted considerably in recent years, with a growing focus on price speculation rather than the foundational building of projects. This shift has placed Student Coin at a significant disadvantage, compounded by our very rigorous adherence to legal standards in an increasingly complex and uncertain regulatory environment. High-profile cases like FTX, Genesis, Celsius, and Luna, where leaders have faced legal consequences, highlight the unpredictable nature of the sector. 

The challenges mentioned have hindered our ability to establish and pursue long-term objectives due to ongoing legal uncertainties. This environment restricts us to short-term planning, limiting the development of initiatives like transforming STC Wallet into a full exchange or expanding STC Terminal for partner startup crowdfunding, due to potential unforeseen legal repercussions. The current landscape shows no signs of stabilizing to allow for forward-looking project planning. This ongoing legal uncertainty and the associated risks have significantly impeded our project's development, serving as another critical factor in our decision to close the project.

Finally, the gap between our community's expectations and our project's potential, alongside the relentless cryptocurrency market uncertainty and risk, has placed big pressure on our team. Initiated during our college years, Student Coin was born from a vision that has since evolved. While we are deeply grateful for the support and lessons learned from the STC community, we have realized that the cryptocurrency space and Student Coin, by extension, is no longer the right environment for our future growth and realization of the initial goals of the STC Wallet or STC Terminal. Consequently, we have made the difficult decision to give the opportunity to our whole community to redeem and sell the $STC Tokens above the current market price to us for all of the remaining project’s funding instead of continuing to use the funds into project’s development. With the redeeming action, we want to give back to each member of our community full decision-making power in terms of whether they want to continue participating in the cryptocurrency market or whether they prefer to take a different path.

Some of you may have harbored hopes for Student Coin to join the top 20 cryptocurrency projects or for the token to revisit its all-time high. Unfortunately, we believe these outcomes are no longer attainable. We extend our sincerest apologies to our entire community. As a final act, we are committed to conducting the $STC Token Redemption and sale in the most professional manner possible, focusing on rewarding our most loyal supporters and all community members. Thank you for your understanding.

As we have explained the main reasons behind our decision and the project's story, we would like to provide a comprehensive overview of the $STC Token Redemption process and sale. This will encompass community structure, assumptions, and the procedure for the $STC Token Redemption.

$STC Token Redemption funding and background

The $STC Token Redemption will be a very complex process due to the long history of the project and the complex community structure. Designing this process presented numerous challenges, leading us to establish certain principles to ensure a fair distribution of redemption value.

Key challenges included determining a fair redemption price, deciding between a uniform price or an individual approach based on specific circumstances, categorizing user groups for redemption, and structuring the redemption process.

We also would like to remind, that as a private entity, Student Coin is not obligated to redeem or buy all existing $STC Tokens, given that $STC is a utility token, and not a security tied to company shares or direct business outcomes. The distribution of the total funding is solely at the decision of the Student Coin team.

It should be noted that Student Coin is not obliged by any commonly applicable law to carry out a token redeeming operation. It is not an operation in the nature of a legal action under the law of financial markets or financial operations in the unregulated markets of the respective countries. Any action taken in a redeeming action is in the nature of a legal transaction between the Student Coin as a project and the community member concerned carried out under freedom of contract.

Nevertheless, we believe that redeeming the tokens is a moral imperative and the right way to reciprocate the community's involvement and faith, whether through token purchase or contribution to the project.

Total Funding, Expenditures, and Revenues

Assessing a just redemption value was also challenging due to the complicated history of the project's funding. Our total funding derived from diverse sources like: $STC Token open market sales in the whole project history, pre-Launchpad in 2020, STC Launchpad in 2021, OTC deals, and partnerships, plus all revenues from operational activities. At the other side, the crucial expenditures included marketing (-9%), exchange listings (-4%), market liquidity provisions pre-2023 (-4%), software expenses (-3%), team expenses (-4%), and other costs, totaling -25.8% of our total funding. However, interest from USDC allocations, project revenues, and treasury management post-2023 reduced the above mentioned costs to only -8.5% from our total funding. Consequently, we're able to allocate 91.5% of our total funding towards $STC Token Redemption and open market buy liquidity, reflecting our commitment to providing equitable value back to our token holders.

Token Redemption price range

After careful consideration, we've decided to set the redemption price range between $0.006 and $0.0137 per token, depending on purchase history and account activity.We debated whether to use a single redemption price for all or to adjust prices on an individual basis. Our conclusion was to maintain a relatively consistent price across groups but to particularly reward our long-term holders, Premium Holder Program participants, and those who purchased tokens directly with STC Wallet.


4. $STC Token holders community structure and history

To facilitate a fair redemption, we've identified thirteen distinct groups of $STC token holders, considering their activity history, initial price levels, and considerations for determining their respective redemption values. This approach ensures a tailored and equitable process for all involved.

STC Launchpad participants

Our primary focus is on STC Launchpad participants from 2021, especially those participating in the Premium Holder Program and active members of our Telegram Chat. It's noteworthy that Launchpad participants bought $STC Tokens at prices ranging from $0.005 to $0.0221, with various bonuses potentially reducing their effective purchase price by up to 50%. During the purchase with STC Wallet, STC Launchpad participants could experience the following bonuses:

  • 30% STC referral bonus (including self-referrals)
  • 20% ETH referral bonus (including self-referrals)
  • Up to 10% referee bonus
  • Up to 10% purchase bonus (related to the method of payment)

The bonuses were used by over 93% of STC Launchpad users. Consequently, the bonus-adjusted price range for these participants is estimated at $0.0033 to $0.0147, with a weighted average purchase price estimated at $0.0118 per STC. Tokens acquired during the STC Launchpad will be redeemed from $0.006 to $0.0137, with the specific amount determined by the real bonus-adjusted purchase price.

Premium Holder Program participants

We've chosen to especially recognize Premium Holder Program (PHP) participants for their significant contribution by locking their $STC Tokens, which provided essential liquidity for operations and token conversion at STC Wallet. Recognizing their commitment, the users received up to 16,65% additional tokens over three years of the program, PHP tokens will be redeemed at a premium rate of $0.01 each.

On-chain token holders

Throughout the project's five-year history, numerous users bought $STC Tokens on various centralized and decentralized exchanges. These tokens were acquired at prices ranging from $0.0005 in 2019/2020 by slightly over $0.06 in 2021 back to $0.003 in 2022 and 2023. Due to active trading at over 15 platforms, it's challenging to track individual unrealized gains or losses nor identify the actual holders behind on-chain wallets. To address this, we're facilitating token sale availability by introducing open market liquidity, enabling all on-chain holders to exchange their tokens at $0.006 each by just filling our buy orders.

Students, partners, team members and other

Several groups are holding $STC Tokens, including those who acquired them through OTC deals, partners as part of agreements, and team and advisory board members as a recognition of their support. Considering their unique contributions and acquisition methods, we plan to individually redeem the tokens for these groups within a general range of $0.003 to $0.006 per token.

Student Coin reserves and project’s tokens

It's crucial to note that Student Coin and its sub-projects like Coinpaper and STC University currently hold around 5 100 000 000 (5.1 billion) of $STC Tokens. The tokens were kept by the project to boost future development, funding and partnerships. We've resolved to burn these unused reserves and all tokens acquired from open market operations, ensuring they're excluded from the redemption process. This action allows us to redirect Student Coin's project funding back to our token holders, enhancing the value returned to the community.

The following table summarizes our current community structure of the $STC Token holders:

STC price chart

Summary of the assumptions for the redemption process

This redemption decision was complex due to the diverse origins of our token holders, from airdrop recipients to those who bought tokens at various market prices over the five years of our project. We have done our best to satisfy all holders, but we must prioritize particular groups.

To manage this, we've developed specific assumptions for the redemption process:

  • Different treatment for each group or holder based on their purchase price
  • Preferential redemption rates for STC Launchpad participants
  • The high rewards for tokens acquired through the Premium Holder Program
  • STC Wallet users will be given priority
  • At STC Wallet the "Aggregated Redemption Price" for all tokens will be calculated based on each user's history and activity level
  • The redemption process will occur simultaneously across STC Wallet and open-market sale at KuCoin, Uniswap, OTC deals, and other exchanges
  • The unused funds from STC Wallet will be redirected for open-market liquidity after the end of the redemption process at STC Wallet
  • The 5.1 billion $STC Tokens currently held by Student Coin, will not be redeemed but instead will be immediately burned

The graph illustrates the $STC Token price history across various holder groups and their acquisition periods. Given the vast price range from $0.0005 to $0.06599, equating to a difference of over 13,000%, a logarithmic scale is employed to make the early pricing data (2019/2020) visible.

Student Coin Price Graph

5. Token Redemption Pricing

With the $STC Token holder community structure defined, it's essential to understand the pricing mechanism for the $STC Token Redemption and Sale. Given that some users may fall into multiple categories, the following table clarifies the redemption pricing for each token type based on its holding and acquisition criteria:


For STC Wallet holders, the "Aggregate Redemption Price" for all of their tokens will be automatically determined after logging into the app, providing a breakdown of holdings across different token categories to clarify and simplify the redemption process.


The $STC Token Redemption process is designed with fairness and equity at its core, reflecting our token holders' diverse experiences and contributions. The redemption pricing has been thoughtfully structured to acknowledge the varying levels of purchase and involvement within the STC community.


The tailored process aims to balance the diverse experiences of our token holders, rewarding early and active participants while providing a fair and equitable process for all involved. We strive to ensure that the $STC Token Redemption reflects our values of fairness and community, and that we are grateful for the support that has made the Student Coin project possible.


Having detailed the pricing, we will next outline the specific steps for the redemption process, including redemption methods, timeline, and additional relevant information.

6. Timeline and deadlines for the redemption


Specific redemption methods are time-limited due to security reasons and to maintain support and technical teams. The $STC Token Redemption & Sale process starts at 9th of April 4:00 PM (UTC) with different stages that will end during the next five years.


For STC Wallet Users:

  • June 9, 2024 (2 months from the announcement): Deadline for fast redemption process within the STC Wallet.
  • October 9, 2024 (6 months from the announcement): Deadline for redeeming tokens via Late Redemption Request.

For Users Holding STC Outside the STC Wallet (e.g. Metamask and On-Chain):

  • June 9, 2024 (2 months from the announcement): Deadline for selling tokens at any centralized exchange such as KuCoin.
  • April 9, 2029 (5 years from the announcement): Deadline for selling tokens via On-Chain Burn Procedure or limited Uniswap V3 liquidity.

Should these redemption deadlines be exceeded, tokens held within the STC Wallet will be automatically burned, while the funds reserved for redemption will be utilized to enhance $STC Token liquidity in the late On-Chain Burn Procedure. A comprehensive explanation will be provided in the next sections.


The following graphic summarizes the deadlines for $STC Token Redemption and deadline.

7. Final Words

On behalf of the entire Student Coin Team, we extend our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and active participation throughout our project journey. Your faith in our vision and engagement in discussions across chats and social media has been invaluable. The decision to conclude the project and initiate the token redemption was immensely challenging, but we believe it to be the most honest and correct course of action.

We acknowledge the disappointment this may bring to those who envisioned STC ascending the ranks of top cryptocurrencies. It brings us joy to have delivered substantial value to our early backers. However, we must also recognize that some members have yet to receive satisfactory returns on their $STC Token purchases. Our commitment in these final stages is to act fairly, ensuring that the redemption process is as equitable and beneficial as possible for all parties involved.

We are profoundly thankful for this shared journey and the collective achievements we have celebrated together. Looking ahead, we wish you tremendous success and hope that the USDC you receive will help foster future undertakings that will meet your expectations and fully satisfy you financially.

With heartfelt appreciation,

The Student Coin Team

Users who held their tokens in a variety of ways, for example, some in their STC Wallet and others withdrawn to an external exchange or wallet, will need to undergo the redemption process in at least two ways: by completing the redemption process within the STC Wallet for those holdings, and by conducting an open market sale or On-Chain Burn Procedure for any holdings outside the STC Wallet.


Please be aware that from the day of this announcement, depositing and withdrawing $STC Tokens to and from the STC Wallet will not be possible. The redemption price has been determined using the current snapshot, and it is not possible to deposit STC Tokens back into the STC Wallet to redeem any tokens held on-chain.


The graphic below illustrates the steps each user needs to take to redeem their $STC Tokens, based on where the tokens are currently held.

The initial deadline to redeem $STC tokens passed on June 9, 2024.

Some redemption options are no longer available. Please carefully review the process to see if you can redeem your $STC through the late redemption option before the final deadlines.

Redemption for $STC Tokens Held in the STC Wallet

This procedure will be fully disabled after October 9, 2024.

Please note that after the first deadline of June 9, 2024, the procedure might take longer and will be conducted without full technical support.

Redemption through the STC Wallet and Late Redemption Request is exclusively for tokens present in the STC Wallet at the time of the announcement. All redemptions are processed as Ethereum-based ERC20 USDC transfers. To redeem $STC Tokens successfully, users must provide an ERC20 address that supports USDC tokens and to which they have unrestricted access. The responsibility to ensure address compatibility with USDC tokens lies with the user, as the Student Coin Team cannot verify every address.

Withdrawing funds using a manual Redemption Request will not alter the "Aggregated Redemption Price" displayed in the Wallet.

Redeeming Tokens Within the STC Wallet

Direct Redemption within the STC Wallet:

  1. Go to STC Wallet
  2. Verify your eligibility for redemption and check your Aggregated Redemption Price.
  3. Accept the Terms of $STC Token Redemption.
  4. Complete the KYC process.
  5. Provide the ERC20 wallet address where you wish to receive your USDC.
  6. Await the transaction completion.

Please note that users must have access to their ERC20 wallet for at least 6 months following the redemption request, as in some cases, the withdrawal can take up to 3 months.

Go to Wallet →

Redemption for On-Chain $STC Tokens

Please note that Uniswap V3 liquidity will be limited after June 9, 2024. For larger redemptions, please use the On-Chain Burn Procedure, available until April 9, 2029.

The $STC Token Redemption through On-chain transaction remains available for all token holders with assets outside the STC Wallet.

Uniswap V3 to USDC:

Available for 5 years until 9 April 2029

Due to the security reasons, this method is recommended for low STC volumes. If your order exceeds available liquidity, please go to On-Chain Burn Procedure.

  1. Review and agree to the Terms of $STC Token Redemption. Link
  2. If not already done, deposit your $STC Tokens into a Metamask wallet. Visit Metamask.io for setup instructions if needed.
  3. Navigate to the Uniswap V3 STC/USDC pool at Uniswap Pool.
  4. Click on “Swap” and convert your $STC Tokens to USDC.

Ensure your Metamask wallet is securely set up, and exercise caution when conducting DeFi transactions.

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On-Chain Burn Procedure:

Available for 5 years until 9 April 2029

As all of the $STC tokens are going to be burned, you can burn your $STC yourself to receive the corresponding value in USDC. All blockchain transactions are visible; therefore, you can simply send all of your $STC to the burn address, and our team will send you back the USDC value of the $STC. We will be monitoring the burn address to ensure every person (address) that burns the $STC will receive USDC from our side.

The procedure of sending USDC to every address that has burned $STC will be conducted by our team based on transaction volume, and you may wait up to three months to receive the USDC back to your address. The USDC can only be sent to the address that burned $STC; you cannot receive USDC at any other address. Furthermore, it is extremely important to remember that you cannot send $STC to the burn address directly from an exchange, as in that case, you would lose all of your funds.

  1. Make sure that you use a self-custody wallet (e.g., Metamask, Coinbase Wallet, Trust Wallet). Ensure that you have access to this address for at least one year.
  2. Simply send 100% of your $STC tokens to the burn address (0x000000000000000000000000000000000000dEaD) [Etherscan link].
  3. No further action required. Wait for 1-3 months to receive USDC back at the address from which you sent the $STC.

Please also note that you will receive the USDC value diminished by the USDC transaction cost (1-3 USD less). You will not be informed when you will receive your USDC, so please monitor your address yourself.

Redemption for tokens held at Exchanges (KuCoin, ProBit, HitBTC, etc.)

Centralized Exchanges

$STC trading will be partially or fully suspended at all exchanges in June 2024.

Users who did not sell their tokens at exchanges before June 1, 2024, will need to withdraw their tokens from the exchange to their own self-custody wallet and then perform the On-Chain Burn Procedure described above.

Please note that Student Coin does not control the tokens held by our community at centralized exchanges. All $STC withdrawals, deadlines, and procedures are subject to the exchange's decision, and users need to check with their exchange to proceed.

To redeem the $STC still held at an exchange after May 2024, please follow these steps:

  1. Prepare your on-chain wallet or create one if you have not used DeFi before. You may use a wallet such as Metamask (https://metamask.io/).
  2. Ensure that you have full access to your account and address.
  3. Withdraw all of your $STC from the exchange to your on-chain wallet.
  4. Proceed with the On-Chain Burn Procedure described in the previous point.

For any questions regarding your $STC holdings and withdrawals, please contact your exchange.

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KuCoin

Not available after May 2024

  1. Acknowledge the Terms of $STC Token Redemption. Link
  2. Sign up or log in to the KuCoin exchange at KuCoin.
  3. Follow KuCoin's instructions to deposit your $STC Tokens.
  4. Navigate to the markets section and select the STC/BTC or STC/USDT trading pair.
  5. Execute a Sell Limit order at $0.006 for your $STC Tokens.

You can contact KuCoin support at KuCoin Support for any queries regarding the exchange process.

Due to security reasons, Student Coin highly recommends swapping the received USDT into an USDC and withdrawing them from centralized exchange to hold them on-chain.

The deadline for STC redemption on KuCoin is 30th May 2024

Important Notes

This section provides additional information pertinent to the redemption process.

ETH, SMT, USDP, USDC, and LEAN Holdings in STC Wallet

Many STC Wallet users possess small holdings of other digital currencies besides the STC. Over 99% of such holdings are valued below average ERC20 transaction costs, that means users cannot pay the transaction fee to withdraw them from STC Wallet. To facilitate the redemption process, and given that STC Wallet will be closing its operations requiring all users to withdraw their tokens, all such sub-holdings have been automatically converted into STC and later into the USDC at the rates specified in the table below:

The rate at which these tokens will be converted to USDC will be at least 3% more than their market value on April 8, 2024. This ensures that the conversion offers a favorable rate for the holders.

The amount received from all sub-holdings will be visible under the section “Other STC holdings” after logging into the STC Wallet.

Student Coin's Holdings Burning

As previously mentioned, Student Coin will not redeem its own tokens. Tokens associated with the following addresses will be burned:

0x9C628f8Da82A4f84Dc5 A0407547730271ad482a8 - STC Development Wallet

0x94F601083C4DFeE92e a201714977BAe44B4a31F8 - STC University Wallet

0x1BcDf2667e9bD8f871B C39729E913b43EB2413a0 - STC Liquidity Wallet 

STC Technical Wallets - All project’s wallets at STC Wallet, centralized exchanges and DeFi - multiple addresses and accounts

The burning of the tokens owned by the project in total will equal 5,134,471,331.42 $STC Tokens that is equal to 51,34% of the total supply.

Burning of the Redeemed $STC Tokens

All $STC Tokens will be burned into the “Null 0x0000…dEaD” Ethereum address. This includes tokens redeemed from all sources and those not redeemed from the current Student Coin holdings.

Users can track the redemption and sale process by following the addresses below:

0x000000000000000000000000000000000000dEaD - the burn address at which all of the redeemed and repurchased $STC Tokens will be locked irreversible

0xB6CFC5315E9D03CA1B9e9d334dB87a7533433851 - the STC Cold Wallet that has over 95% of the STC Wallet users tokens. The redeemed tokens will be sent in batch transfers directly to the burn address

0x5c32251E7715456B2659a474702215d2892D48E3 - first operational address to pool the $STC Tokens before sending them into the burn address

0xfb800A0C6146EBA8d82534eef1D607DfCa5C21aA - second operational address to pool the $STC Tokens before sending them into the “Null”

STC as a Utility Token

Please be reminded that Student Coin and the $STC Token (contract address 0x15B543e986b8c34074DFc9901136d9355a537e7E) have always been issued as utility tokens, as clearly outlined in all Terms of Use, our website, and our communications. The token's utility includes facilitating blockchain education, participation in STC University courses, utilizing some STC Academy features, and engaging in DAO Decisions (not associated with the company’s decisions). The $STC Token has never been tied to any tangible value or intangible value. 

$STC Tokens were not intended by design to be used for payments, nor do they represent share rights in the sense of commercial law. The basic premise of STC, which has not changed, was educational (functional) in nature, aiming to educate about blockchain technology and learn about the potential of usability of tokens.

Eligibility for Redemption for US Residents

According to Student Coin's Terms of Use, including the pre-launchpad and STC Launchpad Terms of Use, the purchase of the $STC Token was not available to residents of the United States. This restriction was enforced both legally and technically on our website. However, if your residency status has changed or you have acquired $STC Token from another source not controlled by us, and you currently reside in the United States, you can redeem and sell $STC Tokens using all methods except fiat redemption.

KYC Policy

All STC Wallet users will be required to undergo a KYC procedure when claiming USDC for their $STC Tokens. This requirement is due to security and legal considerations. Student Coin reserves the right to share personal data in the event of an inquiry from any governmental institution. The KYC Policy is further explained in the Terms of Redemption. Please also note, that in some cases we may ask to perform the full Source of Wealth and Source of Funds declarations filling.

Personal and User Data in STC Wallet

All user data in the STC Wallet, such as personal details, email, holding details, transactions, etc., will be securely stored until October 9, 2024. After this period, all data will be permanently deleted. Please note that data storage is managed securely using third-party providers and, after October 9, 2024, will no longer be accessible to us.

Delisting from Centralized Exchanges

Student Coin will initiate the delisting process from all associated exchanges at the time of the announcement. The delisting will be completed by June 9, 2024. Each exchange determines the method and requirements for delisting and are not managed by us. We advise our users to stay informed through communications from the exchanges where they hold their tokens.

$STC Tokens not Redeemed at STC Wallet

Any $STC Tokens not redeemed by October 9, 2024, will be burned and no longer available for redemption. Tokens stored outside the STC Wallet that are not redeemed are beyond our control and will have exit liquidity provided by us and available on Uniswap V3 or by On-chain Burn Procedure until April 9, 2029. After this 5-year period, the token will also be delisted from Uniswap V3, and further sale will not be possible.

Usage of Unclaimed USDC/ETH Funds

USDC funds reserved but not utilized for STC Wallet redemptions by October 9, 2024, will enhance liquidity and pricing on Uniswap V3 and On-chain Burn Procedure for users redeeming their $STC after October 2024. The price at that time may vary and will be dependent on the operation progress.

Coinpaper

Coinpaper, as a rapidly growing news website, will continue its operations as usual. It is self-funding and will maintain its current business model.

STC University and STC Academy

STC University and STC Academy will publicize all paid content through integration with Coinpaper, but won't develop further as separate projects. The content will stay online and for free indefinitely on a special section of Coinpaper. Integrating all content into Coinpaper might take 6 to 9 months, so some parts may be temporarily unavailable until complete synchronization.

STC Wallet

The STC Wallet will cease operations in 2 months, on June 9, 2024. User data within the wallet will be retained until October 9, 2024, after which all data and project information available, there will be permanently deleted.

Community Chats and Social Media

Student Coin has established multiple social media channels and groups to discuss its development. These platforms will continue to operate as usual until June 9, 2024, with moderators available to assist users in the token redemption process. After that date, support will be provided exclusively through Zendesk, and the chats will be discontinued. Social media activities will also be suspended, except for posts reminding users of the redemption deadlines.

All Other Platforms and Projects

All other Student Coin projects and platforms will be closed over the next year, with operations completely halting by October 9, 2024. All internal data will also be permanently deleted on that day.

Assistance During the Process

If you have any questions or require assistance during the process, please do not hesitate to reach out through our support center here: https://studentcoin.org/faq

If you hold your $STC with an exchange such as KuCoin, ProBit, HitBTC, etc., please contact your exchange for assistance.

OTC Redemption Process:

The OTC Redemption process is available until October 9, 2024.

The OTC Redemption is tailored for our partners, team members, and users holding large quantities of $STC Tokens (over 20 million) and requires a more personalized approach:

  1. Initiate contact either through the OTC Redemption form or directly.
  2. Complete the Know Your Customer (KYC)/Know Your Business (KYB) verification process.
  3. Undergo Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks.
  4. Submit documents proving the Source of Funds and Source of Wealth.
  5. Review and sign the Terms of OTC $STC Token Redemption.
  6. Select your preferred payment method (options include USD, EUR, USDC, and ETH).
  7. Negotiate and fix the redemption price based on your specific circumstances.
  8. Await the completion of the transfer.

This OTC option is available until 9 October 2024, providing a bespoke redemption route for significant token holders.

Please note that the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Redemption price will not exceed the price of open market redemptions or the Aggregated Redemption Price from STC Wallet. This process simply offers users an alternative method of receiving payment.

Remember, regardless of the redemption method chosen, it's essential to comply with the Terms of $STC Token Redemption to ensure a smooth process. Link