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Free tuition for all programs thru Spring '24


Most South Carolina residents attending Trident Technical College are eligible for free tuition* for all academic programs thru Spring 2024.

Multiple state programs are available to provide no-cost or reduced tuition. Take these easy steps:

    1. NEW STUDENTS: Apply for free and be admitted to the college. 

      RETURNING STUDENTS: If you have not been enrolled during the last three semesters, create an account on Apply Now and complete the online admission application. 

      CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENTS: Be sure to complete the FAFSA in step 3 if you have not done so yet.

    2. Choose your major:
      Business Culinary and Hospitality
      Education Engineering and Manufacturing
      Health, Human and Personal Services   Information Technology
      Law and Criminal Justice Maintenance and Technical Trades
      Media and Visual Arts  University Transfer

    3. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  to be eligible for free tuition. TTC will apply any federal and state grants and scholarships for which you are eligible (for example: Pell, S.C. lottery-funded tuition assistance, etc.). The college will waive any remaining tuition, registration and course fees. Depending on financial aid package, some students may receive money for books, digital course materials, fees and supplies.*

      For more information and help with the FAFSA, click here.

      Submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA to start Fall Semester 2023 or Spring Semester 2024.

    4. Register for classes. To be eligible for free tuition, courses you are enrolled in must be required for completion in your program of study. There is no minimum credit requirement. For help selecting classes in your major and to reach your career goals, see your assigned advisor or a success coach in the Student Success Center (formerly The Hub).

Please note: Students who are in default on federal student loans are not eligible for the free tuition program. DACA recipients are not eligible due to state and federal regulations. Dually-enrolled high school students are not eligible for the free tuition program; however, tuition assistance and need-based scholarships are available to reduce tuition. Students must be enrolled in a program of study at Trident Technical College to receive free tuition so visiting/transient students are not eligible.

*Requirements for free tuition vary based on the state programs awarded. You will receive information on any requirements once awarded.

Out-of-state students majoring in one of the free tuition programs will be provided a fee reduction equal to the out-of-county rate

Scholarships are available for Workforce Training courses that lead to jobs. Learn more.


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Important Dates

Spring 2 March 6-April 23

Three-week Minimesters are also offered throughout the semester. For more dates, click the Important Dates link above.


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