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State scholarship to cover tuition and fees for many Trident Tech students this spring | Community News

Thanks to the new Workforce Training Scholarship Program, many Trident Technical College students will be able to take classes without paying tuition and fees this coming spring.

The Workforce of the Future pilot program began in November as a way to address South Carolina’s labor shortage. The program will use $17 million in the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) funds to cover tuition and fees for students who enroll in workforce training programs at the state’s 16 technical colleges.

Most degree, diploma, and certificate programs at Trident Tech prepare graduates for entry into the workforce after program completion, so thousands of students will be eligible for a scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be a resident of South Carolina and be employed or willing to take a free financial literacy course offered by Trident Tech or provide 100 hours of volunteer service for a nonprofit or public service organization.

Students must also maintain a 2.0 GPA. Eligibility is not based on income, but the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required. Workforce scholarship funds will be applied after other state and federal financial aid is awarded. Funding for the pilot is only available for the Spring 2022 semester, which begins January 10 at Trident Tech.

The governor called on the General Assembly to provide an additional $124 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to extend the program through June 30, 2024.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit bit.ly/WorkforceScholarships.


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