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Funding Opportunities for Workforce Training (formerly Continuing Education) Courses

While Federal Financial Aid and SC Lottery Funding are not available for Workforce Training (formerly Continuing Education) noncredit 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 or payment plan to pay for courses.

If you enroll in a program and attend training, you can waive your job search requirements each week you are in training. However, you will be responsible for acquiring the necessary documentation to meet SC DEW/UI requirements. Learn More


Trident Technical College (TTC) Division of Education is offering a limited number of State-Funded Scholarships for noncredit programs (until funds are expended). Learn More.

This is a separate opportunity from the funds that are available to pay for academic courses at Trident Technical College. Learn More.


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 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. Learn More.


Trident Tech noncredit students can now spread out the cost of their education with a new Payment Plan available for all programs costing $800 or more. The Payment Plan options are available through a partnership with Nelnet Inc., a company that has helped millions of students pay for education at thousands of schools.

STEP 1: Students must first register for their class(es) by contacting the noncredit Registration Team at 843.574.6152 or

STEP 2: After students have registered for their TTC noncredit class, they can use a secure online portal to register for their payment plan. No approval is required to sign up for a plan and there are no financing charges, however there is a one-time $30 enrollment fee.

STEP 3: Begin making your payments. Make sure the payments are made on time, every time! Once enrolled in a Payment Plan students have four months to pay off their tuition costs.


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