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Financial Aid for Training


Industry experts agree that 70% of jobs projected through 2016 will require specific or occupational training, not a four-year degree. To help close the jobs gap, Midlands Technical College has more than $1 million to award in scholarships for people looking to change or advance their careers. 

Information Technology in the Insurance and Healthcare Industries

Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) is a scholarship program providing training exclusively for the three occupations in the highest demand among insurance and healthcare industries: front-end web developer/programmer analyst, computer network support specialist, and network and data communication analyst.

GRIT provides tuition, books, and multiple certifications to unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others through a technical skills program that includes on-the-job training (OJT). Learn more about the GRIT program and its scholarship elegibility requirements.

Manufacturing Industry

The South Carolina Manufacturing Certification (SCMC) program is a state and nationally recognized, industry-led training, and certification program focused on teaching students the core skills and knowledge needed to become an advanced manufacturing production worker. Learn more about SCMC scholarship opportunities and register to attend an information session.

QuickJobs: Business, Computers, IT; Healthcare and Human Services; Industrial Trades and Manufacturing Industries

QuickJobs Scholarships are available for QuickJobs training programs that have been developed for fields where job growth is expected over the next five years. Many QuickJobs programs can be completed in less than three months, and some QuickJobs careers have annual earning potentials over $60,000. Learn more about QuickJobs scholarships and register to attend an information session.

Payment Plan

Nelnet allows you to make automatic monthly payments toward the cost of a course instead of paying it as a lump sum. Courses with a tuition cost of $249.99 or higher are eligible for Nelnet.

The Nelnet Payment Plan is not a loan program. You have no debt, there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to budget monthly payments through the Nelnet Payment Plan is only $25 per term. This is a nonrefundable fee.

You may budget your tuition costs and Nelnet fee in the following ways:

  • Automatic Bank Payment (ACH) - ACH payments are debited directly from your financial institution
  • Credit Card Option - Your monthly payment will be automatically charged to a credit card

Upon your completion of your registration, 25% down payment, and the Nelnet payment plan online, you will receive an immediate confirmation number which means you are registered for the course and are setup for the Nelnet Payment Plan. The number of payments, minimum of 2, will be based on the day you register and the start date of the course. Full payment must be completed prior to the course starting so the earlier you register for the course the longer you will have to pay. Payments made will appear within approximately 10 business days.

To enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan, check the "Make payment arrangements" check box on the payment web screen when you register for a qualifying course. If this option is not present at the time of online registration, please contact Registration at 803-732-0432 for further instructions.

Payments are processed on the 5th of each month and will continue until the balance is paid in full.

Please note that if your payment is returned on your Nelnet Payment Plan you will be charged a return fee of $30 for each unsuccessful attempt.


Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan offers an alternative loan to students, which allows deferment while in school, additional expenses for books, fees, equipment, and even living expenses, along with flexible repayment options. By applying online, you may receive a pre-approval in only 30 seconds! If your credit is in question, you can still apply with a co-signer.

To learn about interest rates, repayment options or to apply online with Sallie Mae.

Learn more about Sallie Mae Smart Option Loans

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Career and Community College Loan offers personal loans to students with no payments required until six months after you leave school, no application or origination fee, and competitive annual percentage rates. If you’re a student with little or no credit history or limited income, a cosigner may help you qualify for this loan and potentially receive a lower interest rate.

Go to the Wells Fargo Career and Community College Loan website to learn more. To select MTC, choose Midlands Technical College - Continuing Education (West Columbia).

Military and Veterans

Many career training programs are eligible for VA benefits. Check with your Education Service Officer for more information or calculate your benefits at the VA website based on your military status and length of service.