TCL offers higher education at a low price. Financial aid and scholarship packages make it more affordable (or even free).

Paid Tuition & Fees through fall 2022!

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is offering paid tuition and fees* through the fall 2022 semester, thanks to a combination of newly available federal, state and private funding sources. Learn more about free tuition here.

Financial Aid
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college and can cover various educational expenses such as tuition and fees, books and supplies, and transportation. The first step is to complete the federal government’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at TCL’s school code is 009910. Here’s a BIG tip, start the financial aid process early because it takes time to complete! Remember, Financial Aid qualifications vary.

TCL Scholarships
TCL offers a variety of scholarships to support your higher education journey. Registered students interested in scholarships can apply in one convenient location through AwardSpring. Learn more on our Scholarships page here.

S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance
LTA can pay for more than half of TCL’s tuition for South Carolina residents. LTA is available for eligible full-time and part-time students. Effective Spring 2020 the award is $110 per credit hour for eligible students. LTA is not limited to 12 credit hours per semester. The main criterion is that you are a resident of South Carolina—award is not based on need or income. LTA brings full-time tuition and fees per 12-hour semester to $1,124!*

The Real Deal. Tuition Comparison. Tuition and fees, per full-time/12-hour semester at TCL is $1,550; at USC Beaufort is $5,340; at USC Columbia is $6,344; at College of Charleston is $6,259; at Clemson is $7,560; at Winthrop is $7,653. Comparison tuition information is based on Fall 2020reports from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. All are subject to change. TCL tuition and fees are based on Fall 2021 rates and reflect South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance. Contact the TCL Financial Aid Office for eligibility requirements and more information. All are subject to change.