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.

(NEW!) Continuing Education Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

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. Enroll in one of the following Continuing Education (non-credit) programs:
  • Phlebotomy
  • HVAC Series
  • Emergency Medical Technician - EMT (Basic)
  • Patient Care Technician (Must be a Certified Nurse Aide)
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Graphic Design Certificate
  • Personal Trainer Certification
  • Welding
  • ManuFirst SC/Lean Manufacturing
  • Certified Logistics Associate
  1. Maintain continued enrollment and satisfactory progress in the program.
  2. Demonstrate substantial financial need (determined by most recent tax return).
  3. 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 Amount/Use

The scholarship awards up to $1,500 towards educational costs.

I understand that: An award of up to $1,500 is available to assist with educational expenses including tuition, books, equipment, supplies and uniforms.

This application must be returned by March 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. to:

Trident Technical College

Division of Continuing Education

Attention: Director of Business Services, CE-M

P.O. Box 118067

Charleston, SC 29423-8067

(NEW!) Payment Plans

Trident Tech Continuing Education students can now spread out the cost of their education with a new Payment Plan available for all programs costing $499 or more. The Payment Plan options are available through a partnership with Tuition Management Systems (TMS), a company that has helped more than 3 million students pay for education at thousands of schools.


STEP 1: Students must first register for their class(es) in person at the continuing education registration office at Trident Technical College's Main Campus in Bldg. 910.

STEP 2: After students have registered for their classes, they can then enroll in a Payment Plan through Trident's secure online portal at or by calling 800.722.4867 and speaking with a TMS Education Payment Advisor. 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.


The plans are flexible allowing students to make adjustments via the secure portal. They also include an eBill option in addition to mailed monthly paper statements, as well as online payments and an Automatic Payment Option to have the installment payments drafted directly from a bank account.

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.

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.

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 Education Benefits

Veterans may receive funding for a variety of career training programs. [Download brochure]



A+ Certified Technician

AutoCAD Technician

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Network+ Certification

Security+ Certified Technician



Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic)

Patient Care Technician (prerequisite: CNA)




Certified Production Technician (CPT)

CNC Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator

HVAC Technician

Lean Manufacturing




Real Estate (please note that the Real Estate - Advanced Principles class does not qualify) 



VA Education Benefits

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 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

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

Trident Technical College's (TTC) Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development is offering a new session of Workforce Pathways Scholarship (WPS) funds that pay for course fees for approved career training continuing education programs. This is a new, separate opportunity from the WPS funds that are also available currently to pay for academic courses at Trident Technical College this year.


Eligibility for a scholarship is not based on financial need or prior academic performance, and the scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Application period is Sept. 18-27, 2018.

Following three hugely successful prior installments of the Pathways Initiative, the South Carolina General Assembly has renewed and expanded the program for a fourth term providing additional funding for Workforce Pathways Scholarships to the S.C. Technical College System. A total of $500,000 is available to TTC’s continuing education students, an increase over the previous year. The number of courses eligible for WPS funding has increased from 14 to 36 for the fall 2018 term.

“We are excited to provide career training to scholarship recipients again this term. Thanks to this important scholarship program being renewed again, we can offer this tremendous opportunity for students to train for a new career,” says Bob Walker, vice president for Continuing Education and Economic Development. “Hundreds of students took advantage of the last three installments of the Workforce Pathways Scholarship and are now equipped to begin a new career or advance in their current one.”


For more information, visit or call 843.574.6152.


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