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Understanding Types of Aid

  • Federal Grants are awarded by the federal government, based on FAFSA information. These do not have to be repaid.
  • State Grants & Scholarships are awarded, by the state of South Carolina, based on FAFSA information and other criteria. These do not have to be repaid.
  • TCTC & Outside Scholarships are often based on academic or other achievements and do not have to be repaid. 
  • Federal Work Study programs enable students to work part-time to earn money for school.
  • Loans are borrowed money; you must repay student loans with interest.


Costs for courses in our Corporate & Community Education Division may be covered by state funding or through assistance from partner agencies. Click here to learn more.