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Financial Aid Available

guy with dollar signsYou must be an eligible degree-seeking student to receive financial aid. Financial aid can be split into two main categories: financial aid that requires you to complete a FAFSA and financial aid that does not require a FAFSA. Because some scholarships require a FAFSA for consideration, a FAFSA is highly recommended. Visit www.fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA.

TTC awards your financial aid based on the assumption that you will enroll as a full-time student taking at least 12 credit hours in the semester. If you take fewer than 12 hours in the semester, TTC is required to reduce your aid accordingly. Your credit hours for the semester are divided between two 7-week terms. The number of credit hours you take in each term will affect when your aid is issued and how much of your financial aid can be applied to your student account each term.

Financial Aid Awards
Two primary financial aid disbursements are made each semester for students who have completed the financial aid process, including verification. Once class attendance is verified each term, financial aid is disbursed to the student's TTC student account. The amount of financial aid disbursed is pro-rated per term, based on credit hours and other factors. If the student's financial aid disbursement is greater than the total tuition, fees, and bookstore charges for the term, the student may qualify for a refund check. Please note: some students may receive no refund if taking fewer than six credit hours in Term 1. However, they may qualify for a refund when enrolled in and attending six or more credit hours. For refund examples, click here.

Bookstore Credit

If their financial aid exceeds their charges for tuition and fees, students may be eligible for a bookstore credit up to $1,000 prior to the start of the term. The bookstore credit will allow students to purchase books and supplies prior to the beginning of the term at the TTC Bookstore. The bookstore credit is calculated by subtracting tuition and fees from the amount of authorized aid up to a maximum bookstore credit of $1,000. Bookstore charge period dates for each semester are available in the student's my.tridenttech.edu portal calendar. 

Student Account Refunds

Once a student's financial aid is disbursed to their TTC student account, if the amount of the student's financial aid exceeds tuition, fees, bookstore charges, and other institutional charges on the student account, the student is entitled to a refund check. Students will need to plan ahead for other expenses such as rent, transportation and child care until the refund check disbursement dates. Refunds are made in approximately the third week of the term. For refund examples, click here.

The types of financial aid available are: 

  • Federal grants such as Pell Grants (FPELL) and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • State grants such as South Carolina Need-Based Grants (SCNBG) and South Carolina Lottery-Funded Tuition Assistance (SCLTA) and scholarships such as LIFE
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Student Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Institutional Work-Study
  • Veterans, Veterans Dependents and Service Personnel
  • South Carolina Tax Credit - To help ease the financial burden for South Carolina college students and their families, the South Carolina General Assembly has created an income tax credit for tuition paid to South Carolina colleges and universities. To claim the credit, a Form SC 1040 must be filed. When preparing the South Carolina income tax return, Form I-319 Tuition Tax Credit must be completed. This form is included with all state individual income tax booklets. For more information about the tax credit, please visit the South Carolina Tuition Tax Credit website.
  • S.C. Promise Scholarship - Berkeley County high school or home school graduates from 2013-2018 or Berkeley County residents who earned a GED from 2013-2018 could be eligible for the S.C. Promise Scholarship to attend Trident Technical College in 2018-19. 
  • Workforce Pathways ScholarshipYou could receive the Workforce Pathways Scholarship of up to $1,000 for Fall Semester and up to $1,000 for Spring Semester for tuition to attend Trident Technical College in 2018-19. Funding is available for 40 career education programs.

Enrollment Requirements for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Type Enrollment Requirements
Pell Grant Must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour per semester
Loans Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
S.C. Lottery-Funded Tuition Assistance Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
S.C. LIFE Scholarship Must be enrolled in at least 12 college-level credit hours for the semester, not including developmental or bridge courses
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
South Carolina Need-Based Grant (SCNBG) Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
S.C. Promise Scholarship Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
Workforce Pathways Scholarship No minimum number of credit hours per semester required