Funding Opportunities

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While Federal Financial Aid and SC Lottery Funding are not available for non-credit or Continuing Education courses, students may qualify for other types of external funding.  Learn more below about various external funding sources and smart ways to apply for a personal loan to pay for courses.

Alternative Loans

An alternative (also called private) loan is a loan through a commercial lender. Alternative loans generally have higher interest rates than federal loan programs and eligibility is based on creditworthiness, not financial need.  The Division of Continuing Education does not endorse or recommend any specific lender for private loans. The Division does recommend that thorough research and information is obtained in order to make an informed decision prior to obtaining a private loan.

The link below is for informational purposes only, and is provided only as a tool to assist in making smart choices when selecting a private lender.

Continuing Education Scholarship

To be considered, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a new or returning Continuing Education student, though preference will be given to new students who would not be able to enroll without the scholarship.

2. Be a resident of Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester County.

3. Be a single parent.

4. Enroll in one of the following Continuing Education (non-credit) programs:

  • Phlebotomy
  • HVAC series
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician - EMT (Basic)
  • Patient Care Technician (Must be a Certified Nurse Aide)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Information Technology Certifications for new or non-experienced IT workers: Security+ Certification, Network+ Certification or A+ Essentials
  • Personal Trainer Certification
  • Real Estate
  • Property Management
  • Certified Logistics Associate

5. Maintain continued enrollment and satisfactory progress in the program.

6. Demonstrate substantial financial need (determined by most recent tax return).

7. Provide an essay describing his or her educational and career goals, the circumstances or challenges the student faces in achieving those goals, and why the scholarship would make a significant difference in helping the student overcome those challenges or obstacles.


Award(s) will be determined each year. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 24, 2017.

DSS Programs

Project Hope scholarships are available to members of TANF families, SNAP families, young adults aging out of foster care and low-income high school health science completers. Services are provided for selected participants through a lottery system. Project Hope participants are eligible to receive assistance with tuition, fees, books and uniforms.

To learn more, contact the SC Department of Social Services at 800.299.2433 or email 803.917.5226 or 803.673.4518 to contact your representative.

Palmetto Warrior Connections/America’s Warrior Partnership Grant

Palmetto Warrior Connections/America’s Warrior Partnership Grant

Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is pleased to announce the launch of the Palmetto Warrior Connections/America’s Warrior Partnership grant. This grant aims to address the training needs of Warriors (veterans, active-duty service members, national Guardsman, Reservists and/or family members or surviving family), specifically the Post-9/11 Warrior population in our community.

Grant funds are available to assist with tuition and books in the following areas:  Health Care, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Logistics and Transportation. Funding is available for classes with a start date between July 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 until funds are expended.

Trident Technical College is a “Veteran Friendly” institution and we are excited about the opportunity to support our veterans and family members with this new program.

How can I apply for America’s Warrior Partnership funding? 

Steps for application process

Application form

Eligible course list

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SC Works

Some students may be eligible to receive federal funding for career training through SC Works Trident. SC Works Trident Centers provide employers with valuable resources to recruit qualified employees.

To learn more, contact one of their centers:

Charleston Center - Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

1930 Hanahan Road, Suite 200

North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone: 843.574.1800; Toll-Free: 888.226.1606

Berkeley Center - Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

100 S. Highway 52

Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Phone: 843.761.4400

Dorchester Center - Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

1325-A Boonehill Road

Summerville, SC 29483

Phone: 843.832.9855


Veterans may receive funding under the Post 9/11 GI Bill for a variety of career training programs.

  • A+ Certification

  • Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

  • Emergency Medical Technician (Basic)

  • Network+ Certification

VA Benefits (Post 9/11 and Other VA Educational Programs)

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. 

Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program, including:

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve 

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program/REAP

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty 

Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill 

Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program 

Workforce Pathways Scholarship (NO LONGER AVAILABLE as of 8/25/16)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Workforce Pathways Scholarship has been a great success with hundreds of people attending the orientations and submitting applications. Due to this great turnout, we have already allocated ALL of the scholarship funds. Therefore, we have CANCELED all future orientation sessions. Thank you for your interest in the program.


Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is offering a new installment of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship that pays for course fees and books for approved STEM and career training continuing education programs.


The scholarship was offered earlier this year with what was thought to be one-time-only funding. Due to the success of the statewide initiative, the S.C. General Assembly made new funds available to the S.C. Technical College System to renew the Workforce Pathways Scholarship program for another term. With $771,000 in funds available for Trident Tech students, the program has the potential to benefit hundreds of local residents who need workforce training to get a job or advance on the job.


The scholarship covers the cost of course fees and textbooks for qualified TTC continuing education courses in the areas of health care, manufacturing, information technology, and professional development. A complete list of eligible courses can be found under Funding Opportunities on TTC’s Continuing Education website at Training available through the scholarship program prepares students for careers as medical coders, emergency medical technicians, medical assistants, phlebotomists, web designers, network technicians and careers in advanced manufacturing.


“We are so thankful that this important scholarship program has been renewed so we can again offer this tremendous opportunity for students to train for a new career,” says Bob Walker, vice president of Continuing Education and Economic Development. “Hundreds of students took advantage of the last installment of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship and are now equipped to begin a new career or advance in their current one.”


The new installment of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship is available for courses with a start date from Aug. 15, 2016 through March 15, 2017 or until funds are expended. Scholarship funds are available for use only on qualified TTC continuing education courses within approved programs. Scholarship recipients are eligible to take an entire program or classes within a program; they are not able to move between programs.


Scholarship eligibility is not based on financial need or previous academic performance. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, reside in South Carolina, and have a GED or high school diploma or provide college transcripts. Applicants must also provide a negative drug screen within three days of application submittal, though some programs may require more than one drug screen and have additional entrance requirements.


To apply, visit, click on Funding Opportunities, and review the basic requirements of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship. Prospective students who meet the basic requirements must attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions. A continuing education program manager will guide applicants through the remainder of the application process.


For more information, visit or call 843.574.6152.

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