Funds for Thought

In traversing the world, it’s been said that the wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. Unquestionably, the savviest navigators use effective tools to help guide them along their way. And when it comes to financing college costs, the ablest navigators take advantage of the experience and wisdom of seasoned advisors.

Piedmont Tech’s financial aid staff are there to reduce what may seem like an intimidating labyrinth into a practicable path to reaching one’s higher education goals. With the most affordable tuition in the region and myriad scholarships and financial aid opportunities available, they are demonstrating that a college education actually can be both achievable and affordable.

The average financial aid package at PTC is more than enough to fully cover the cost of PTC's tuition and fees. To find out how much financial aid you can receive, you'll first need to apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at If you don’t have a computer, you can visit any PTC campus to complete the application. The FAFSA is used to determine how much federal and state aid you may qualify for in an academic year. Depending on the contact information provided, you will receive your Student Aid Report either by email or U.S. mail.

There are a variety of financial aid options at PTC, and many students receive more than one form of aid in combination. These options include federal aid (such as Pell Grants), state aid (such as SC Lottery Tuition Assistance, LIFE Scholarship and needs-based grants), loans and scholarships.

Through the generosity of donors, the Piedmont Technical College Foundation offers a variety of scholarships available to current students after they have completed 12 credit hours in their program major at PTC with at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarship applications are available during January, May and September. Applicants must have an instructor who will submit an online recommendation and cannot have received a Foundation scholarship within the past 12 months.