PENDLETON – Tri-County Technical College is extending zero-cost tuition through the spring 2023 semester.

“By continuing to offer zero-cost tuition, we can help students stay on track academically and meet the goals they set prior to the pandemic,” said TCTC President Dr. Galen DeHay. “Zero-cost tuition may also empower new students to start their college career when they previously thought they could not afford to do so.” 

Zero-cost tuition is made possible by a variety of funding sources such as the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) Fund, SCWINS, the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, Workforce Scholarships for the Future, and the Tri-County Technical College Foundation.

To be eligible, the individual must be a South Carolina resident enrolled in an eligible program of study. Eligible programs are those that lead to a certificate, diploma, degree, or industry-recognized credential. The individual must also be employed, complete a financial literacy module/course, or complete 100 hours of community service.

For continuing students, the same eligibility requirements apply. However, due to a change in SCWINS funding allocations, students cannot receive more than $5,000 in an academic year. This means the funding the student receives for spring semester may be less than what they received in the fall. The student must also have a 2.0 GPA.

Spring classes start January 17, 2023. Students are encouraged to submit their applications now. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2023. To learn more and to apply, visit or call 864-646-1550.