Press Release                                                                           

Date: April 10, 2023

Contact: Karen Potter,

Tri-County Technical College freezes in-county tuition for fourth year

Pendleton, SC – The Tri-County Technical College Commission voted unanimously today (April 10) to freeze in-county tuition for a fourth consecutive year. The in-county tuition freeze applies to the 2023-2024 academic year.

“Making college accessible and affordable to all citizens in the tri-county region is our priority,” said TCTC President Dr. Galen DeHay. “In addition to a steady tuition rate, Tri-County offers financial aid packages that can account for nearly the full cost to attend college. We also offer the kind of support services students need to balance school with work and family life.”

Tri-County’s tuition remains the second lowest in the S.C. Technical College System and the lowest in the Upstate. A two-year degree at Tri-County costs roughly less than one semester at a four-year college or university.

“Making education accessible and affordable has been TCTC’s mission since its inception,” said Tom Strange, chair of the TCTC Commission. “We are pleased to be able to not raise our in-county tuition rates for the upcoming academic year and urge students to take advantage of the broad range of financial aid and scholarships that support their education.”

The TCTC Commission also approved transitioning from course fees to a per semester program fee beginning with the fall 2023 semester. The purpose of this change is to make course fees easier to understand and to help students to budget and plan more accurately. For example, instead of seeing eight different fees listed for things like packet fees and testing and licensing fees, these fees will roll into a single program fee that will appear on the student’s bill each semester. Program fees are assessed based on number of enrolled credit hours and declared program of study and may be covered by scholarship funding or other financial aid.

Tuition rates and program fees are published on Tri-County’s website. Tuition rates are based on residency and the number of credit hours taken per semester. Increases in tuition are typically based on an evaluation of the Higher Education Price Index, an inflation index designed specifically for higher education institutions and other operational funding needs.


About Tri-County Technical College

Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, business administration, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in the state and ranks in the top one percent nationally for successful student transfers to four-year colleges and universities. To learn more, visit