Financial Aid for Training

Training students preparing for class.

How do I know if I'm a training student?

A training student is any student who is taking classes not for academic credit.

Diploma and degree programs are always academic, but certificate programs can be academic or training programs. Check out the top of the program page; if you see "Training Certificate," you're in a training program.  

What's the difference with regard to financial aid?

Only academic programs provide college credit, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and are eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Training programs can usually be completed in a shorter time frame. Training programs are not eligible for federal financial aid, but students may qualify for other scholarships and grant funds, like the ones below!

Scholarships

QuickJobs

QuickJobs are career training programs developed for jobs where workers will be in high demand over the next decade. QuickJobs are designed to provide intensive and complete job training; prior experience in a field is not required. Periodically, scholarships may available for select programs. You must attend a QuickJobs information session to qualify for a scholarship.

Tuition Assistance

Military and Veterans

Many career training programs are eligible for veterans education 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.

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

Download MyCAA Fact Sheet (PDF)

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federal program that provides training and employment services for qualifying individuals. WIOA works in partnership with Midlands Technical College to help job seekers build the skills they need for jobs that are in demand. If you are interested in receiving tuition assistance for Continuing Education Programs please visit your local SC Works Center in Richland, Lexington, or Fairfield County. 

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit received by participants who complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program--AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs), as well as to repay qualified student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant, thus it can vary from year to year.  Currently, AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.

Members can divide up an award and use portions of it at different times before it expires, as long as it is for authorized expenditures. A person could, for example, apply a portion of it to existing qualified student loans and save the remainder to pay for authorized college costs a few years down the road.

Loans

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.

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).

Organizational Help

Company Benefits

Check into the educational benefits offered by your company. Many area institutions, businesses, and industries have tuition assistance policies and encourage their employees to explore continuing education opportunities to help advance their careers.


Questions about MTC Training?

We're here to help. Contact us at cce@midlandstech.edu or 803.732.0432.

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