Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began a phase out of the DACA program. For more details about this decision, see the full announcement.
Listed below are the steps to enroll at PTC.
More About DACA
Other Helpful Links
1. Apply for Admission
Select one of the following application methods:
- Submit an online application
- Visit the Admissions Office on the Greenwood Campus
- Visit any County Campus
Please Note: PTC is currently discouraging DACA recipients from choosing majors in the Health Science, Nursing and Public Service divisions because workplace testing requirements and background checks will make securing employment in these fields difficult, if not impossible, for an individual who is not a U.S. citizen. Based on current South Carolina law (June 2014), DACA students are unable to obtain certifications and state licenses that are required for these majors.
2. Submit the following official documentation to the Admissions Office
- Employment Authorization Card
- “Valid for Work Only” Social Security Card
These documents will be verified through the federal SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program to confirm your eligibility for enrollment at PTC.
3. Submit Your Transcripts
Once your application is filed, you must submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED and any college transcripts. All applicants are required to have official transcripts sent to Piedmont Technical College. Transcripts may be delivered by mail, email or in person. If delivered in person the transcript must be sealed. If delivered via email, the transcripts must come directly from the academic institution. Please review the following for more specific transcript submission details.
- All Official College Transcripts should be submitted to the student records office.
- Email Submissions: email@example.com
- Mail Submissions: Attn: Student Records, P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648
- All Official High School Transcripts and GED Transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Contact the issuing institution to have copies sent to Piedmont Tech.
- Email Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail Submissions: Attn: Admissions Office, P.O. Box 1467, Greenwood, SC 29648
Note: Although PTC prefers your official transcript for more accurate course placement, the college will accept your original High School/GED diploma as verification in lieu of the official transcript for Admission purposes. Diplomas must be delivered in person to the Admissions Office or County Campus location. Note that an official transcript may still be required to receive certain forms of financial aid.
If you completed high school outside the United States, please contact Renae Frazier about required documentation.
If you completed college/university coursework outside of the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member evaluator. A list of agencies can be found at www.naces.org.
4. Complete or Exempt the Placement Test
Stop by your local Piedmont Tech location to take the placement test. Although appointments aren't required, please check the testing hours online and call Admissions at (864) 941-8369 or email us at email@example.com to let us know when you're coming, and stop by our office in Room 101B on the Greenwood Campus when you arrive to check in.
Unless waived by college personnel, you will need to take the placement test.
Placement Test exemption criteria:
- Earned a minimum score of 19 on ACT Math waives the Math portion; and a minimum score of 20 on ACT English and Reading waives the Writing and Reading portion.
- Prior to March 2016, earned a minimum SAT score of at least 480 on Verbal (or Critical Reading) waives the Writing and Reading portion; and a minimum score of 480 on Math waives the Math portion.
- After March 2016, earned a minimum SAT score of at least 510 on Verbal (or Critical Reading) waives the Writing and Reading portion; and a minimum score of 510 on Math waives the Math portion.
To schedule a test appointment at any other PTC location, contact your local campus.
Once you have completed your Placement Test, be sure to speak with an Admissions Counselor to confirm you are ready for advising and registration.
5. Attend Advisement/Registration
Contact a campus near you to meet with an enrollment advisor and plan your schedule of classes. After your conversation, you'll register for classes and receive a printed schedule and a statement for tuition and fees.
In choosing a major, please be aware completing certain programs may extend beyond two years. Also certain programs in Health Science and Public Service may require additional State certification and background check that could present some challenges in securing employment.
Attend an Orientation program. Our new student orientation will provide you with the information you need to make your college experience a positive one. Click here for more details about our live and online options.
Obtain your PTC Identification Card and purchase your books and supplies at the PTC Campus Shop or online at www.ptc.bncollege.com. Books are also available for purchase at any County Campus. Please check for dates and times.
Pay your tuition and fees by the assigned deadline to avoid being dropped from classes. Note that as a DACA recipient, you are not eligible for state or federal financial aid, including Pell grants, lottery, loans, etc. DACA recipients must also pay the out-of-state tuition rate. See the Financial Aid section of the website for complete information on tuition and fees. We do encourage you to seek other private scholarships to assist with tuition costs.
The DACA program is new, and how the state of South Carolina interprets this program is subject to change. Furthermore, immigration reform is constantly under discussion, so DACA students should stay up-to-date about their rights and obligations as this area of law continues to evolve.