Funding Opportunities

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While Federal Financial Aid and SC Lottery Funding are not available for 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 to pay for courses.

State-Funded Scholarships (NEW as of 2/1/2021)

Trident Technical College (TTC) Division of Education is offering a limited number of State-Funded Scholarships for noncredit programs (until funds are expended). This is a separate opportunity from the funds that are available to pay for academic courses at Trident Technical College.


For more information, visit or call 843.574.6152.


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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 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.

Payment Plans

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 by coming to campus (Building 910 on Thornley Campus).

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.

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]




Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs. You must apply for your benefits either online, by phone or in person. Visit and click on “Apply for Benefits” for more information.

Obtain your Letter of Eligibility for educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Review the list of Trident Technical College noncredit courses that are approved for educational benefits. Once you have narrowed down your selection of which course(s) you are interested in pursuing, you are ready to move on to Step 4.

Contact the Trident Technical College Veterans Education Benefits Coordinator in the Division of Education at 843.574.6152. The coordinator can guide you through the process of accessing your veterans education benefits within continuing education and help you get registered for your courses. 


VA Education Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many veterans, active duty personnel or their survivors and dependents can qualify for more than one education benefit 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 


The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001 or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Visit to apply for your VA benefits.


For more information on using your veterans education benefits, call 843.574.6152. 




A+ Certified Technician
The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. It shows employers that you know the foundational IT skills necessary to competently service different types of operating systems and devices. To work towards this certification, enroll in both the A+ Essentials course and A+ Practical Application course at TTC.


AutoCAD Technician
Jump-start your engineering career by learning how to draft technical drawings that can be used during the construction process in industries including architecture, engineering, manufacturing, construction and more. To work towards proficiency in using AutoCAD software, enroll in both the AutoCAD Level 1 course and AutoCAD Level 2 course at TTC.


Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Learn the fundamentals of building a network and operating system, Ethernet basics, protocols, as well as remote connectivity, interconnectivity among networks, protecting your network, support and more. To work towards this certification, enroll in both the ICND1: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 – CCNA course and ICND2: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 – CCNA course at TTC.


Network+ Certified Technician
Seek the Network+ Certification by CompTIA to signify that you have achieved competency in designing, configuring, managing and troubleshooting any wired or wireless networks. To work towards this certification, enroll in the Network+ Certification course at TTC.


Security+ Certified Technician
Seek the Security+ Certification to stand out from your colleagues. The certification designates knowledgeable professionals in foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. To work towards this certification, enroll in the Security+ Certification course at TTC.




Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
CNAs monitor and record vital signs, perform personal care skills, and assist with meals, transfers, linen changes, room organization, and safety issues following facility policies. To work towards certification as a CNA, enroll in the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program at TTC.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Receive training in how to provide emergency care to the critically injured at an emergency scene and/or en route to a medical facility and determine pre-existing medical problems. To work towards certification as an EMT, enroll in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic course at TTC.


Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
Learn a range of massage techniques, including basic spa and neuromuscular clinical massage. The 500-hour curriculum covers the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology, massage law and ethics, kinesiology, and practical application of spa and neuromuscular technique. Practice acquired techniques in a hands-on clinical setting. To work towards certification and licensure, enroll in the Massage Therapy Certificate course at TTC.


Medical Lab Assistant (MLA)
The medical lab assistant (MLA) works in a laboratory setting assisting in patient registration and specimen collection, specimen preparation and processing, support for clinical testing, waived and point-of-care testing, and laboratory operations. To work towards certification and licensure, enroll in the Medical Lab Assistant course at TTC.


Patient Care Technician (PCT)
The patient care technician (PCT) course is designed to expand the skill set of a CNA with advanced knowledge necessary for transition into a hospital setting. The course consists of introduction to hospital equipment and supplies, as well as advanced skills in the following areas: 12-lead EKG, basic phlebotomy, performing urinary catheterization, infection control, glucometer use, sterile technique, specimen collection and handling, measuring output of bodily fluids including chest tubes and surgical site drains, tracheotomy and supplemental oxygen care, and BLS certification and training.


Phlebotomists are specialized clinical support workers who collect blood from patients for laboratory testing. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, commercial laboratories, private physician offices, public health departments, clinics and blood banks. To work towards certification as a phlebotomist, enroll in the Phlebotomy Training Program at TTC.


Sterile Processing Technician (SPT)
Sterile processing technicians clean, disinfect and sterilize surgical instruments in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. SPTs also order, inventory and test equipment for reuse. Learn medical terminology, anatomy, infection control and safety, as well as HIPAA and OSHA guidelines. To work towards certification, enroll in the Sterile Processing Technician course at TTC.




Certified Production Technician (CPT)
Get the preparation you need to enter the manufacturing environment. Learn the soft and technical skills that are essential for jobs in manufacturing including safety, quality assurance, production and processes, maintenance awareness and communication. To work towards certification, enroll in the Certified Production Technician course at TTC.


CNC Operator
This is the certificate program you need to pursue a CNC operator position in the booming manufacturing industry of the greater Charleston area. Over the course of four modules, learn about manual machining; metal cutting; abrasives; CNC milling and turning; and Fanuc, Hass, and Fagor controls. To earn your certificate, enroll in the CNC Operator Boot Camp course at TTC.


Heavy Equipment Operator Program
Learn how to operate a variety of different types of heavy equipment used in the construction industry including a bulldozer, backhoe and excavator. Become more proficient in environmental/soil awareness, compaction operation and safety. All content is based on NCCER assessments. Program includes OSHA Construction Industry Safety 10-hour and Trench Safety.


HVAC Technician
To begin your training towards becoming an HVAC technician, learn the basics of refrigeration and maintenance techniques for HVAC commercial and residential units. Take the first step towards becoming an HVAC technician and enroll in the HVAC Refrigeration and Maintenance Basic course at TTC.


ManuFirst SC (Lean Manufacturing)
Learn the production processes and procedures necessary to qualify for manufacturing jobs in the Charleston area. This class discusses essential safety policies, communication best practices, quality standards, production processes and maintenance awareness.


Start your training to become a welder by learning the basic principles of welding for Gas Metal Arc MIG in the flat and horizontal positions. To get started, enroll in the Welding – Gas Metal Arc MIG course at TTC.




Real Estate
Charleston’s real estate market has experienced a robust period with no signs of slowing down any time soon. This is your opportunity to take part in our area’s growth. This 60-hour introductory course satisfies one of the two class requirements that are part of obtaining a real estate license in South Carolina. Note: The second class required for licensure is not covered by veterans education benefits.