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Qualifying students at the state’s technical colleges can receive tuition savings up to 81% if they enroll in a critical workforce field like engineering technology, health care or information technology.

The S.C. Workforce and Industry Needs Scholarship is a statewide technical college scholarship program designed to address workforce shortages in the state while giving students in these critical-needs majors a tuition discount. The scholarship, paired with lottery tuition assistance, covers any tuition and mandatory fees remaining after all other scholarships and grants are applied, according to a news release from Tri-County Technical College.

Students taking six hours or more in these three workforce fields at Tri-County Tech will pay $210 out of pocket plus the cost of fees, per semester. For full-time students, the cost is $420 plus fees per semester, the release said.

“These major discounts can reduce tuition for service area residents from $185 per credit hour to $35 per credit hour,” Adam Ghiloni, director of financial aid at Tri-County Tech, said in the release. “This opportunity gives residents a path to economic mobility by enabling them to get the education needed for in-demand careers — not just a job. College can be affordable and manageable for both full- and part-time students pursuing degrees, diplomas and certificates at all of our campuses. You really can attend college this year.”           

Recipients cannot be LIFE scholarship recipients. The scholarship, known by the acronym SCWins, will be awarded on a continual basis provided the recipient maintains a 2.0 GPA, the release said.

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