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State Aid


All students receiving financial aid are required to read and understand the Memorandum of Understanding. Tri-County Technical College is able to offer the following South Carolina state aid options:

LIFE Scholarship


  • Graduate from an accredited South Carolina high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • To accept the LIFE Scholarship students must read, sign and submit a LIFE Affidavit, which is found in the student's MyTCTC Student Portal.
  • Transfer students must self-identify as LIFE recipients by sending a copy of their high school and college transcripts, as well as a copy of their prior award to the Financial Aid office.
  • To qualify for LIFE each semester students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours).
  • To keep LIFE Scholarship after the first year, students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and 30 college-level credit hours combined Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Rules and Regulations

  • For SC residents- the total LIFE scholarship for the academic year will not exceed $5,000. The scholarship will be divided equally between fall ($2,500) and spring ($2,500) semester.
    • This figure does include the $300 annual book allowance.
  • LIFE Scholarship may be used for the summer term if the student meets the renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester. The student must be attending at least 12 hours for summer and must take the hours at their home institution.
    • Students who wish to use LIFE Scholarship in summer must self-identify to the Financial Aid office. Using LIFE during summer will not extend LIFE eligibility.
  • Remedial/developmental courses or non-degree DO NOT count towards the 12 credit hours needed (examples include: ENG 031, ENG 032, ENG 100, ENG 150, RDG 032, RDG 100, MAT 010, MAT 012, MAT 031, MAT 032, MAT 150, BIO 100, CHM 100).

For further information pertaining to the LIFE Scholarship or Life Enhancement, please click here.

South Carolina Need-Based Grant

  • State funded program awarded to the neediest students
  • Awarded based on FAFSA information
  • Must be South Carolina resident
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Award amount varies annually
  • Further SCNBG Information

Lottery Tuition Assistance

  • State funded program awarded to South Carolina residents
  • Must meet residency requirements
  • Awarded by completing the FAFSA application
  • High School students or students with Bachelor's degrees do not need to complete the FAFSA. These students complete a Lottery Tuition Assistance waiver form for the appropriate aid year and return it to the Financial Aid Office (First Floor, Ruby Hicks).
  • Applies to cost of tuition only
  • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA after attempting 24 or more semester hours.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Does not cover Continuing Education classes or non-credit classes
  • Award amount varies annually.
  • Further Information About Lottery Tuition Assistance

South Carolina Workforce Industry Needs Scholarship (SC WINS)

  • Must have completed the FAFSA
  • Must be receiving Lottery Tuition Assistance
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Must be enrolled in a "critical workforce area".
  • Further Information about SC WINS

SC National Guard CAP Program

  • The South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by the SC Commission on Higher Education and may be awarded to qualified members of the South Carolina National Guard.
  • Awards, when combined with other financial aid, can never exceed the Cost of Attendance.
  • Further SC National Guard CAP Program information