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South Carolina Trade Schools

69 Colleges
9,537 Yearly Graduations
$54,797 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,014 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

South Carolina ranked #30 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2021. Around 9,537 students received some type of diploma that year. South Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,699 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,934 per year.

About 62% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,753 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,009 Yearly Degrees
$5,315 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,673 full-time undergraduates at Piedmont Technical College, and 4,712 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 26% of students at Piedmont Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,282 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,928 during the early-career years.

#2

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
997 Yearly Degrees
$5,186 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,387 full-time undergraduates at GTC, and 10,536 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,110 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from GTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,339 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Conway, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
613 Yearly Degrees
$5,356 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Horry-Georgetown Technical College is 6,409, which includes 3,056 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

33% of Horry-Georgetown Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,556 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,672 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
554 Yearly Degrees
$5,840 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,582 students at TCTC in total, 3,120 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at TCTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,331 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,939 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Trident Technical College

Charleston, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
517 Yearly Degrees
$5,143 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,225 full-time undergraduates at Trident Technical College, and 11,650 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at Trident Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,816 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,317 during the early-career years.

#6

York Technical College

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$5,410 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,036 full-time undergraduates at York Technical College, and 4,178 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,570 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,064 during the early-career years.

#7

Arclabs

Piedmont, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
458 Yearly Degrees

There are 315 full-time undergraduates at Arclabs, and 552 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Arclabs. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

Roughly 80% of students at Arclabs take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,129 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#8

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
443 Yearly Degrees
$6,030 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,108 students at Spartanburg Community College in total, 1,850 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Spartanburg Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,713 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Spartanburg Community College is $30,141.

#9

Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
380 Yearly Degrees
$5,916 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,770 full-time undergraduates at MTC, and 8,794 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 26% of students at MTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,126 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,267 during the early-career years.

#10

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
316 Yearly Degrees
$4,870 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Florence-Darlington Technical College is 3,315, which includes 1,259 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 19% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,849 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Florence-Darlington Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,911 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

Orangeburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
308 Yearly Degrees
$5,714 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 646 full-time undergraduates at OCtech, and 2,257 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at OCtech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,217 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from OCtech is $28,263.

#12

Miller-Motte College Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
227 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Miller-Motte College Charleston is 309, which includes 299 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Roughly 58% of students at MMC Charleston take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,810 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,668 during the early-career years.

#12

Miller-Motte College Conway

Conway, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
227 Yearly Degrees

There are 317 full-time undergraduates at MMC Conway, and 323 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1.

60% of MMC Conway students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,623 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,668 during the early-career years.

#14

Central Carolina Technical College

Sumter, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
223 Yearly Degrees
$6,594 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,885 students at Central Carolina in total, 904 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

11% of Central Carolina students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,983 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Carolina is $25,472.

#15

Southeastern Esthetics Institute

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
199 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Southeastern Esthetics Institute is 123, which includes 112 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,396 a year.

#16

Fortis College - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
187 Yearly Degrees
$14,216 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Fortis College - Columbia is 569, which includes 568 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

83% of Fortis College - Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,676 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,089 during the early-career years.

#17

Southeastern College - Charleston

North Charleston, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
149 Yearly Degrees
$21,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 111 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern College - Charleston, and 200 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Southeastern College - Charleston. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 12% of accepted students are men, and 88% are women.

55% of Southeastern College - Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $11,637 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,659 during the early-career years.

#18

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
126 Yearly Degrees
$15,558 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,406 students at Clemson in total, 20,868 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 20,021 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

About 62% of students who apply get accepted. Around 43% of accepted students are men, and 57% are women.

39% of Clemson students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,001 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Clemson is $51,690.

#19

Aiken Technical College

Graniteville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
116 Yearly Degrees
$5,306 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Aiken Technical College is 1,925, which includes 608 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 11% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,134 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Aiken Technical College is $29,482.

#20

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek

Goose Creek, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
109 Yearly Degrees

There are 62 full-time undergraduates at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology, and 157 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

78% of Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,544 a year. Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology has a 7.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology is $19,406.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
99 Yearly Degrees

There are 156 students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence in total, 81 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

77% of Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,085 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,266 during the early-career years.

#22

Paul Mitchell the School Charleston

North Charleston, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
98 Yearly Degrees

There are 147 full-time undergraduates at Paul Mitchell the School Charleston, and 209 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

95% of Paul Mitchell the School Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,471 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Paul Mitchell the School Charleston with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,822 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Southeastern College - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
97 Yearly Degrees
$21,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 112 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern College - Columbia, and 193 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Southeastern College - Columbia is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 10% are men and 90% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at Southeastern College - Columbia take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $10,736 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeastern College - Columbia is $26,014.

Private for-profit Public vs. Private
95 Yearly Degrees

There are 66 full-time undergraduates at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill, and 161 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

79% of Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,021 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $17,869 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Paul Mitchell the School Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
91 Yearly Degrees

There are 147 full-time undergraduates at Paul Mitchell the School Columbia, and 199 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 90% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,406 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Paul Mitchell the School Columbia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,822 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other South Carolina Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg 86
27 Technical College of the Lowcountry 82
28 Academy of Hair Technology 81
28 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia 81
30 Northeastern Technical College 79
31 Francis Marion University 78
32 Charleston Cosmetology Institute 71
33 Paul Mitchell the School Greenville 68
34 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta 59
35 Strand College of Hair Design 55
36 Construction Training Center 50
37 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Greenville 48
38 South University, Columbia 46
39 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia 43
40 Williamsburg Technical College 39
41 Bob Jones University 36
42 Denmark Technical College 35
43 North Greenville University 34
44 Newberry College 29
45 Converse College 25
45 Limestone College 25
47 VSKI Cosmetology School 24
48 University of South Carolina - Columbia 21
49 Medical University of South Carolina 19
50 Aiken School of Cosmetology and Barbering 16
50 South Carolina State University 16
52 Coastal Carolina University 15
53 University of South Carolina - Upstate 14
53 Barber Tech Academy 14
53 Academy for Careers and Technology 14
56 Charleston Southern University 13
56 Charzanne Beauty College 13
58 LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc 12
59 Morris College 11
59 Winthrop University 11
59 B-Unique Beauty and Barber Academy 11
62 Top of the Line Barber College 10
63 Erskine College 9
64 Columbia College 4
65 Benedict College 3
66 Coker University 1
67 Anderson University South Carolina 0
67 Claflin University 0
67 Southern Wesleyan University 0

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