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What is SCWINS?

South Carolina residents enrolled in critical workforce programs that lead to an industry-recognized credential, certificate, diploma or degree are eligible for the South Carolina Workforce Industry Needs Scholarship (SCWINS). SCWINS covers the cost of tuition, fees and course-related expenses (up to $5,000 per academic year) for eligible programs.

Who is eligible to receive SCWINS funding?

You must:

  • be an eligible South Carolina resident*
  • be enrolled in an eligible program
  • complete the SCWINS acceptance form

*Students in default or overpayment of Title IV funds and non-US citizens are not eligible for SCWINS funds. For all eligibility requirements, view the policies and procedures for granting SCWINS (section VI) here.

Which programs are eligible for funding?

More than 100 programs are now eligible for no-cost tuition.* Click the area of interest below for no-cost tuition programs or search programs here.

*University Transfer, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs and the following three programs are not eligible for no-cost tuition: Art Foundations, Introductory University Studies and University Studies

NOTE: SCWINS tuition assistance will only be applied for courses required in the eligible program of study. Students are limited to one program of study unless the subsequent program constitutes progression in the same field of study.

What should I do now to be ready for Fall Semester funding of SCWINS?

  • Apply for Fall Semester. Classes start Aug. 19.
  • Complete the SCWINS acceptance form. A link will be provided after you have been admitted to the college and have registered for required courses in an eligible program of study.
  • Complete the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA may qualify you for no-cost tuition programs and other financial assistance. Need assistance with the FAFSA? Contact TTC's Educational Opportunity Center for help.

When will the state approve 2024-2025 funding for SCWINS?

The South Carolina Legislature is making funds available for the SCWINS program by July 1, 2024.

We expect state funding of these programs to continue for 2024-2025.

If you are a traditional college student (not currently enrolled in high school) and you want more information about the SCWINS program, please email Financial Aid at financial.aid@tridenttech.edu.

Are dually enrolled high school students eligible for SCWINS?

Dually enrolled high school students who are pursuing a SCWINS eligible program of study and meet the criteria as an eligible student may receive SCWINS tuition assistance for courses required in that program. NOTE: SCWINS tuition assistance will only be applied for courses required in the eligible program of study.

For additional information regarding SCWINS eligibility for Dual Enrollment students, please email Katheryn Mason at katheryn.mason@tridenttech.edu.

Are continuing education/workforce training students eligible for SCWINS?

Continuing education/workforce training students who meet the criteria and are in a SCWINS eligible program can receive SCWINS tuition assistance. NOTE: SCWINS tuition assistance will only be applied for courses required in the eligible program of study. You can find eligible continuing education programs at the links above.