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Piedmont Technical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Piedmont Technical College

Piedmont Technical College is a public 2-year school with campus locations in 7 South Carolina counties, including a main campus in Greenwood. As part of the South Carolina Technical College and Comprehensive Education System, the school offers career training and transfer programs to more than 6,000 students each year. It's also home to 117 full-time and 245 part-time faculty members.


Piedmont Technical College offers around 80 certificate, diploma and associate's degree programs as well as more than 100 day, evening and online classes. Students can take on coursework in areas as diverse as building construction and mechanical engineering technology, carpentry, agriculture, accounting and funeral services education. Those interested in the school's bridge programs can easily transfer credits to the College of Charleston, Newberry College, Erskine College, Lander University and the University of South Carolina.

In the 2010-2011 academic year, the most popular programs were found in the health science and nursing schools. These included associate's degrees and certificates in such fields as practical nursing, registered nursing, medical assisting and surgical technology.


Piedmont Technical College has an open admissions policy and accepts applications on a rolling basis. Prospective students are admitted once they submit their official high school transcripts, GED scores or college transcripts along with an online or paper application. Students also need to complete a placement test, though some applicants may qualify for exemption. Lastly, an interview with an enrollment advisor is required before registering for classes.

The nursing and health science programs have additional admissions requirements. These must generally be met before students are allowed to enroll in clinical or upper-level coursework. Applications for the Spring semester are available online in September. Applications for the Fall are available in May. Prospective students are notified of the school's admissions decision about a month later.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2012, tuition for full-time students living in the school district ranged from around $1,782 to $1,938 per semester. Out-of-district students were charged about $1,986 per semester; those from out of state paid $2,586. Books and supplies were expected to cost another $1,200 each year.

The first step to apply for state and federal aid, loans and scholarships is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Residents who meet eligibility requirements can receive full tuition through the LIFE Scholarship or up to $1,114 in aid through the SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Program.

The Piedmont Technical College Foundation also offers a few scholarships to high school seniors. Others are available to students who've completed 12 credit hours of coursework in majors including automotive technology, engineering technology and respiratory care. Scholarship applications for the Spring semester are accepted in January. Applications for the Fall semester can be submitted in September.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Distant town*
Student Body 6,213 undergraduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs 7 schools offering over 80 programs of study**
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Program Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Certificates: Registered Nursing (48)
Diplomas: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing (35)
Associate's Degrees: Registered Nursing (74)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 14% overall *
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size About 1,109 in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 56% for full-time students, 46% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling general admissions**
Tuition $3,464-$3,786 per year for in-district residents, $3,972 for out-of-district residents and $5,172 for out-of-state residents (as of Fall 2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (77%), state and local government grants or scholarships (47%), institutional grants or scholarships (3%), federal student loans (28%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Piedmont Technical College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Piedmont Technical College, 620 N. Emerald Rd., Greenwood, S.C. 29648
  • Phone: (864) 941-8369
  • Website: www.ptc.edu

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