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York Tech SC offers students free tuition due to COVID aid

York Technical College in Rock Hill will offer free lessons through federal COVID-19 relief funds for some associate degrees.

York Technical College in Rock Hill will offer free lessons through federal COVID-19 relief funds for some associate degrees.

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York Technical College in Rock Hill will offer more than 100 programs to students free of charge starting next semester.

Last week, SC Governor Henry’s McMaster announced a workforce-granting pilot program at 16 South Carolina technical colleges, including York Tech, to address the state’s labor shortage, according to a press release from McMaster’s office.

McMaster said he plans to allocate $17 million in emergency education relief assistance to the federal governor to fund scholarships, which will initially cover the cost of tuition and fees for up to 15,000 students at the state’s technical colleges, the statement said.

“South Carolina must be proactive in addressing the labor shortage,” McMaster said in a statement. “This funding will address the crisis head-on by providing thousands of South Carolinas with the skills needed to thrive in many of the most in-demand occupations.”

McMaster has asked South Carolina lawmakers to provide $124 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to continue the scholarship program through June 2024.

The scholarships cannot be used for any adult or high school graduate in South Carolina, except to obtain associate’s degrees or industry credentials in high-demand jobs, such as manufacturing, healthcare, computer science, information technology, transportation distribution, logistics and construction, the statement said.

College officials said York Tech students, who are eligible for the scholarship program, are guaranteed one year of free tuition and fees for credit and non-credit programs.

Scholarship recipients are required to maintain a 2.0 grade point average and meet one of the following requirements:

They are hired

Take a financial literacy course offered by the college

Complete 100 hours of volunteer time for a nonprofit or public service organization

York Tech, which has about 7,000 students, has opened registration for the spring semester. Students are encouraged to register by December 10. Scholarships will be applied to the student’s account after all other financial aid has been exhausted, according to the York Tech website.

This story was originally published November 9, 2021 5:00 a.m.

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Kaelen Derrickson is a city government and policy correspondent for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Kaelen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked for The Pilot and The News and Observer.

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