Types of Aid

Financial aid options to help students succeed.

Scholarships are financial aid awards that do not have to be repaid.

Please note: to apply for any of these scholarships, grants, or loans, you will need to fill out your FAFSA and the MTC Foundation Scholarship application. That's it! Get details on How to Apply for Financial Aid.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Options

Scholarships are often based on academic or other achievements and do not have to be repaid. 

MTC Foundation Scholarships

Description

MTC Foundation Scholarships are scholarships just for MTC students. In addition to the FAFSA, you'll need to fill out an additional application. We'll email you when the MTC Foundation scholarships are open for application. You’ll click a link in the email to input your information into our system, and you’ll be automatically matched with available scholarships. Scholarships provided through the Midlands Technical College Foundation are awarded on a competitive basis based on financial need, academic excellence, and/or leadership.

Apply for MTC Foundation Scholarships Online

Note: You'll need your MyMTC credentials to log in. 

MTC Foundation Scholarship FAQs

Who can receive scholarship awards?
Midlands Technical College Foundation scholarships are awarded to new and continuing MTC students.

When can I apply?
The scholarship application periods are open twice a year; once in the spring for the following academic year and once in the fall for the spring semester of the current academic year. The deadline for the 2021 Foundation Scholarship Application period (Fall) is October 31, 2020.

What are the minimum criteria to be eligible for a scholarship?
The minimum criteria, unless otherwise stipulated by the donor, are:

  • Minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Enrolled at least part time (six credit hours) 

What are the expectations of the scholarship recipient?

  • Following notification of scholarship award, immediately sign the Scholarship Agreement and write a thank-you letter to the scholarship donor.
  • Make plans to attend the Annual Scholarship Breakfast in the spring for scholarship donors and recipients.
  • Agree that your award, name, and photo may be released for publicity or correspondence regarding MTC Foundation activities.

What happens if I change my enrollment status after receiving a scholarship award?
Dropping below the required enrollment status at the time of disbursement can cause cancellation of the total award amount.

Are recommendations required for consideration?
Yes, recommendations are required for all applicants. Continuing students must have recommendations from their academic program chair or representative faculty member. New students must have recommendations from a non-MTC community member.

How do I send someone a recommendation request, and how do they return my completed recommendation?
At the bottom of your application, click on “Request Sections,” then click “Recommendation,” and enter the email address of the desired recipient. An automated email will be sent to the recipient with instructions and a required access code. Once the recipient completes the recommendation and submits the request, the recommendation will automatically upload to your application.

Questions? | 803.738.7140

South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program

Description

Provides partial tuition to students attending South Carolina Technical Colleges. Federal and State need-based funds must be awarded prior to LTAP funds.

Who is eligible?
LTAP is not need-based. South Carolina residents who are enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours) in an eligible academic program. Students must meet academic progress requirements. Not available to S.C. LIFE Scholars.

How to Apply
Fill out a FAFSA

South Carolina Workforce & Industrial Needs Scholarship

Description

SC•WINS is a statewide technical college scholarship program designed to address workforce shortages in South Carolina. The scholarship supplements Lottery Tuition Assistance to help cover any tuition and mandatory fees left after applying all other scholarships or grants.

Who is eligible?

ADULT STUDENTS (STUDENTS WHO HAVE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL) DUAL ENROLLED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
A student must be receiving a Lottery Tuition Assistance Program Scholarship (LTAP) for the current academic year and majoring in a critical workforce area as defined by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education. A dual enrolled student must be receiving a Lottery Tuition Assistance Program Scholarship (LTAP) for the current academic year and majoring in a critical workforce area as defined by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.
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A student must be receiving a LTAP scholarship for the current academic year and meet the USDA income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-priced meals. A dual enrolled student must be receiving a LTAP scholarship for the current academic year and receiving free and reduced-priced meals.
  • Students can receive the SC•WINS for only one certificate, diploma, or degree unless the additional certificate, diploma, or degree constitutes progress in the same field of study.
  • Must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester.
  • Must have earned a 2.0 GPA after attempting twenty-four credit hours.
  • Dual enrollment courses taken in high school in critical workforce area programs count toward the fulfillment of the minimum major course requirement for freshmen.
  • Changing majors is allowed within the acceptable disciplines in workforce program areas.

Covered Expenses

For the Fall 2020 semester, recipients will receive $100 per credit hour after applying all other scholarships or grants. The scholarship may cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees. There is also a book allowance of up to $300 per year if a student is qualified by major and is enrolled in at least one course in a critical workforce area during the semester. 

How to Apply
Fill out a FAFSA

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

Description

South Carolina provides students in S.C. Technical Colleges 4 terms of LIFE scholarship if South Carolina high school students graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and the student meets college-level (101 or above) course load and academic progress requirements. A maximum of 4 semesters of LIFE eligibility is allowed for associate degrees and two semesters for one-year diplomas and certificates. SAT scores are not required for technical college students.

Who is eligible?

Scholarship Criteria for all Students

  • Citizen of the United States of America.
  • South Carolina resident or parent/parents who were residents at time of student's High School graduation
  • No drug or alcohol or felony convictions.
  • He/she has not been legally judged to be a delinquent, been convicted of or pled guilty to any felonies or any second or subsequent alcohol/drug related offenses under the laws of South Carolina, or any other state or under the laws of the United States.
  • Graduated from high school or completed a home school program as prescribed by law.
  • Enrolled in an eligible institution as a full-time degree-seeking undergraduate student.
  • Enrolled in at least 12 non-developmental/non-remedial hours of coursework (101 level or above).
  • Entering Freshmen
  • Earn a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) based on the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) upon high school graduation.
  • Be enrolled full time (courses below 101 can not be counted towards full-time enrollment.)
  • Final high school transcript must reflect a 3.0 cumulative GPA based on the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) and must be received by the college prior to a final L.I.F.E. Scholarship award.

Scholarship Criteria for Training / Continuing Education Students

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative college grade point average on a 4.0 scale and be enrolled in at least 12 hours of non-developmental credits
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours, excluding Developmental (below 101 level) and remedial course work during the previous award year - (Fall and Spring).  L.I.F.E Scholarship is not offered during the summer and L.I.F.E. eligible students do not qualify for S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance in the same award year.
  • Not to exceed a maximum of two terms for a one-year educational program or a maximum of four terms for an associate's degree program.

Summer Semester LIFE Eligibility

Beginning summer 2015, students who are in two-year programs of study may be eligible to receive one of their remaining two terms of eligibility during the summer to accelerate to graduation. To participate in summer scholarship disbursement, at the end of the spring semester a LIFE Scholarship recipient must:

  • Earn a cumulative 3.0 LIFE GPA
  • Earn at least 30 non-remedial coursework during the fall and spring terms, including AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, CLEP or exempted credit hours.
  • A summer term cannot be a scholarship recipient’s first term of enrollment.
  • First-time entering freshmen will not be penalized for any credit hours earned during the summer session immediately prior to the student’s initial college enrollment. The credit hours earned will not count against the terms of eligibility. The credit hours will be used toward the annual credit hour requirement.

A student must demonstrate having attempted and/or enrolled in a total of at least 12 credit hours over the course of the entire summer term to be awarded.

SC LIFE Scholarship recipients having met the continued eligibility requirements at the end of the spring term are eligible for a fall award regardless of their academic performance over the summer.

How to apply

Apply to the college, be admitted to an eligible program of study, and submit a high school transcript showing graduation and a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All students must submit all transcripts from all other S.C. Colleges or Universities to be considered for L.I.F.E. renewal.

SC National Guard College Assistance Program

Description

Provides financial assistance to members of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard by providing incentives for enlisting or remaining for a specified time in either the South Carolina Army or Air National Guard. Recipients may receive up to a maximum of four thousand five hundred dollars ($4500) for the Army National Guard and up to a maximum of nine thousand ($9000) for the Air National Guard per year. The cumulative total of all college assistance program benefits may not exceed eighteen thousand ($18,000).

Who is eligible?

Members of the South Carolina National Guard who are active and in good standing at the beginning of each academic year and remain a member in good standing with the active National Guard throughout the entire academic year for which benefits are payable. A SCNG CAP recipient shall not qualify for college assistance program benefits for more than one hundred thirty (130) semester hours or related quarter hours from the time of initial eligibility into the SCNG CAP.

How to apply

Contact the Educational Officer at the Guard and complete the application.

The Fairfield Promise Program

The Fairfield Promise Program provides assistance to eligible citizens of Fairfield County to attend Midlands Technical College and enroll in and complete curriculum degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs. The amount of the scholarship is allowable (based on available funds) to cover the cost of tuition and related fees per semester after Federal and State Aid has been applied. Books and supplies may be included pending availability of funds.

Student Eligibility:

  • Must be a Fairfield County resident with a valid high school diploma (or GED).
  • Must have graduated from an eligible Fairfield County public high school, charter school, private school, or home school program.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for admission to the college.
  • Must be a Fairfield County resident for at least 12 months and governed by applicable residency laws and requirements for MTC students.
  • Must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA at MTC to remain eligible for the scholarship.
  • Must enroll at MTC within twelve (12) months of high school graduation or GED completion.
  • Must complete the academic undertaking in no more than three (3) academic years or (9) semesters.
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Must consult with an Academic and Career advisor each semester.

How to Apply:
Fill out the FAFSA.

Other Scholarships

Description

Students will be automatically matched with federal and state aid just by filling out a FAFSA, and MTC will let students know which MTC Foundation Scholarships they may be eligible for. But there are many private organizations that also offer scholarships. These can be based on a variety of factors, such as your grades, gender, ethnic background, extracurricular activities, or planned field of study. You can find a comprehensive list of all these scholarships and application criteria at The College Board website.

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Grants

Grants also do not have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are often merit-based (based on grades or test scores).

Federal Pell Grant

Description

Financial assistance for undergraduates with financial need who have not received a bachelor’s or professional degree.

Who is eligible?

All current and prospective undergraduate students who meet financial eligibility, academic progress requirements and are enrolled in an eligible academic program. Less than half-time students may qualify. Applicants must satisfy criteria regarding selective service, criminal record and loan defaults.

How to Apply

Fill out a FAFSA

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

Description

Provides grants for undergraduates with the lowest Expected Family Contributions and gives priority to students receiving PELL Grant Awards.

Who is eligible?

All current and prospective undergraduate students who meet financial eligibility, academic progress requirements and are enrolled in an eligible academic program. Less than half-time students may qualify. Applicants must satisfy criteria regarding selective service, criminal record and loan defaults.

How to Apply

Fill out a FAFSA

South Carolina State Need-Based Grant

Description

Provides additional financial aid to SC residents with demonstrated need.

Who is eligible?

South Carolina residents who are enrolled at least half time in an eligible academic program and meet financial eligibility and academic progress guidelines.

How to Apply

Fill out a FAFSA

Student Jobs

Federal Work Study programs allow students to work part-time to earn money for school.

Federal Work Study

Description

Provides part-time jobs to financially eligible undergraduates. Students may work 15 -20 hours a week. Employment is determined by academic progress, class schedule, and total award. Awards depend on availability of funds. Jobs may be on-campus or off-campus.

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled at least half-time.

How to apply

Fill out a FAFSA

Loans

Loans are borrowed money; you must repay student loans with interest.

Willliam D. Ford Federal Direct Loans

Description

Provides subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loans are based on financial need established by the student in an eligible program of study who meets academic progress requirements. Expected family contribution on the FAFSA determines need. No interest accrues before repayment begins. Unsubsidized loans are not need-based. Interest accrues from the date the loan is disbursed.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students who are enrolled at least half-time.

How to apply

Fill out a FAFSA

Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Description

Provides unsubsidized loans for the parent of dependent students. PLUS loans are awarded to help pay for educational expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest accrues during all periods.

Who is eligible?

Parents of eligible students who are enrolled at least half time. A credit check will be performed during the applications process.

How to apply

An application must be completed at www.studentloans.gov.

Tax Credit

To help ease the financial burden for South Carolina college students and their families, the South Carolina General Assembly has created an income tax credit for tuition paid to South Carolina colleges and universities. To claim the credit, a Form SC 1040 must be filed. When preparing the South Carolina income tax return, Form I-319 Tuition Tax Credit must be completed. This form is included with all state individual income tax booklets.

For more information about the tax credit, please visit the South Carolina Tuition Tax Credit website.

Contact Us

Student Financial Services

Phone: 803.738.7792
Toll-free: 800.922.8038
asksfs@midlandstech.edu

Locations

Airport Student Center | Room 254   
Beltline Student Center | Room 130
Northeast Center for Technology | Room 113

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