Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Bridge Program?
Midlands Technical College Bridge programs provide students who are interested in transferring to certain four-year colleges and universities a clear pathway and supportive activities which enhance transfer success. MTC has established a Bridge program with several colleges and is in the process of establishing additional Bridge programs with other colleges and universities. Students in Bridge programs generally experience a seamless transition when transferring and greater success after transfer. Students may transfer after earning 30 semester hours of college-level coursework (101 or higher) and attaining the GPA required by the academic program at the college to which they are transferring. Other students may wait to attain an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree after transfer.
Which colleges have Bridge Program agreements with MTC?
MTC has bridge agreements with several colleges and universities as seen on this site, and we will update this website information as new agreements are added. For a list of current Bridge programs, please view the MTC Bridge Program Web site.
How can I participate in a Bridge Program?
There are two basic means of qualifying for a Bridge program. One way is for the desired four-year college to identify you as a potential bridge candidate. If you applied for admission to the transfer institution but were denied admission, then you could be referred to MTC as a Bridge Program candidate. Another means of qualifying is for you to apply to MTC as a transfer student and identify yourself as desiring to participate in Bridge program activities. To do this, you should contact the MTC Bridge Coordinator and complete the required forms.
What are the advantages of participating in the Bridge Program?
Bridge Program students are linked to their transfer college early in their coursework at MTC. They are advised on their program of study at the transfer college, and they participate in special admissions, orientation and financial aid sessions provided by staff of the transfer college. Some colleges may provide student mentors to personally assist students through the transfer process. College tours and orientation sessions on the campus of the transfer college are also available.
Can I participate in student activities at the transfer institution?
The level of participation in student activities at the transfer institution prior to transfer varies from college to college. Specific colleges may invite pending transfer students to visit their campuses and participate in activities which connect them to the learning community at that college. Please refer to the Bridge Program Web pages of individual college partners for details.
How can I be sure that my credits from Midlands Technical College will transfer?
A benefit of being a Bridge student is that the college to which you are transferring will provide you with a credit transfer guide and/or special transfer advising which will provide you with a seamless transition from MTC to your intended institution. In addition, MTC has transfer advisors who maintain close working relationships with many four-year colleges and universities. You should work closely with your academic advisor at MTC and the admissions/advisement personnel at the college to which you are planning to transfer.
Will developmental courses count in the 30 credit hours I need for transfer?
No. Placement in developmental (DVS) courses is based on your performance on the college placement test. These pre-college courses will strengthen your academic skills to help you be successful in college level courses and earn the GPA required for transfer. Only college level courses (101 or higher) are counted in the 30 credit hours for transfer.
I am eligible for a LIFE Scholarship. How much money will I receive at MTC, and can I take my LIFE Scholarship with me when I transfer?
LIFE Scholarship recipients at MTC can receive a maximum award of up to $5,000 per year (Fall and Spring semesters) for two years, not to exceed the cost of tuition for 30 credit hours per year. To be eligible to continue the LIFE Scholarship the next year, you must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of college level (101 or higher) work and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each academic year to continue your LIFE eligibility to the next year.
What other financial resources does MTC provide?
MTC offers federal aid such as Title IV Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, and Academic Competitiveness Grants. MTC also provides state aid such as LIFE Scholarships, South Carolina Need-Based grants and SC Lottery Tuition Assistance. Students may also be eligible for Midlands Technical Education Foundation Scholarships and other financial resources. For more information check the MTC Student Financial Services web site at www.midlandstech.edu/sfs.