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74 Colleges
9,200 Yearly Graduations
$50,184 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,993 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2019, 9,200 students received a trade school degree from a college in South Carolina, making it rank #30 in terms of graduations. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Carolina is $12,546 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $16,744 a year.

An estimated 64% of college students in South Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,748 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,075 Yearly Degrees
$5,186 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,261 full-time undergraduates at GTC, and 10,864 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,106 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,500 during the early-career years.

#2

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

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

The total student population at Horry-Georgetown Technical College is 6,788, which includes 3,304 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

39% of Horry-Georgetown Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,500 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,400 during the early-career years.

#3

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
574 Yearly Degrees
$5,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,361 full-time undergraduates at TCTC, and 6,082 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,314 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from TCTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Trident Technical College

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

There are 12,148 students at Trident Technical College in total, 4,614 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

34% of Trident Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,628 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,400 during the early-career years.

#4

Piedmont Technical College

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

There are 4,491 students at Piedmont Technical College in total, 1,643 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

31% of Piedmont Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,931 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Piedmont Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Midlands Technical College

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

There are 9,892 students at MTC in total, 4,239 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 29% of students at MTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,363 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

Arclabs

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

There are 258 full-time undergraduates at Arclabs, and 452 students altogether. Arclabs has a freshman retention rate of 95%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Approximately 75% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,970 a year.

#8

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
412 Yearly Degrees
$5,036 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Florence-Darlington Technical College is 4,182, which includes 1,719 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,550 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.7% 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 $21,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

York Technical College

Rock Hill, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
392 Yearly Degrees
$5,365 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,253 students at York Technical College in total, 2,065 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

24% of York Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $3,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from York Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Miller-Motte College Conway

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

There are 855 full-time undergraduates at MMC Conway, and 1,342 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Roughly 64% of students at MMC Conway take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,529 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,800 during the early-career years.

#11

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

Orangeburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
268 Yearly Degrees
$5,594 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,387 students at OCtech in total, 854 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 14% of students at OCtech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,120 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from OCtech is $23,000.

#12

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
259 Yearly Degrees
$5,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,105 full-time undergraduates at Spartanburg Community College, and 4,534 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $2,274 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% 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 $24,400.

#13

Central Carolina Technical College

Sumter, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
237 Yearly Degrees
$6,402 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Central Carolina Technical College is 3,550, which includes 1,305 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,054 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Carolina is $21,300.

#14

Miller-Motte College Charleston

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

There are 456 full-time undergraduates at MMC Charleston, and 671 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 61% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,675 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MMC Charleston with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Southeastern Institute - Charleston

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

The total student population at Southeastern Institute - Charleston is 133, which includes 83 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

40% of Southeastern Institute - Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $10,340 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,900 during the early-career years.

#16

Fortis College - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
145 Yearly Degrees
$14,920 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 382 students at Fortis College - Columbia in total, 382 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 85% of students at Fortis College - Columbia take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $8,575 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Fortis College - Columbia with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Aiken Technical College

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

The total student population at Aiken Technical College is 2,267, which includes 711 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

9% of Aiken Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,200 during the early-career years.

#18

Southeastern Esthetics Institute

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

There are 94 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Esthetics Institute, and 119 students altogether.

47% of Southeastern Esthetics Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,262 a year.

#18

International Diving Institute

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

The total student population at International Diving Institute is 91, which includes 91 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $12,425 a year.

#20

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek

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

There are 81 full-time undergraduates at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology, and 116 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

Roughly 79% of students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,480 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

#21

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
104 Yearly Degrees

There are 126 students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg in total, 90 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg is 92%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

79% of Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,737 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $16,200 during the early-career years.

#22

Paul Mitchell the School Columbia

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

The total student population at Paul Mitchell the School Columbia is 228, which includes 158 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

80% of Paul Mitchell the School Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,443 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#22

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Beaufort, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
103 Yearly Degrees
$5,452 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,247 students at TCL in total, 615 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $3,847 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 TCL is $21,800.

#24

Southeastern Institute - Columbia

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

There are 95 students at Southeastern Institute - Columbia in total, 48 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

43% of Southeastern Institute - Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,162 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeastern Institute - Columbia is $19,300.

#25

Remington College - Columbia Campus

Columbia, South Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
93 Yearly Degrees

There are 190 students at Remington College - Columbia Campus in total, 190 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 80% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,456 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Remington College - Columbia Campus is $21,900.

Other South Carolina Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill 87
26 Paul Mitchell the School Charleston 87
28 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Florence 84
29 Paul Mitchell the School Greenville 77
30 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Columbia 69
31 Francis Marion University 66
32 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Greenville 64
33 Clemson University 61
34 Northeastern Technical College 57
35 Williamsburg Technical College 56
35 Academy of Hair Technology 56
37 Charleston Cosmetology Institute 55
38 South University, Columbia 49
38 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-North Augusta 49
40 Denmark Technical College 40
40 University of South Carolina - Columbia 40
42 Bob Jones University 39
43 Strand College of Hair Design 34
44 Aiken School of Cosmetology and Barbering 30
45 Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology and Nails-Columbia 29
46 South Carolina State University 28
47 North Greenville University 27
48 Charzanne Beauty College 26
49 Limestone College 25
50 Construction Training Center 18
51 Converse College 17
52 Barber Tech Academy 15
52 Palmetto Beauty School 15
52 Academy for Careers and Technology 15
55 University of South Carolina - Upstate 14
55 Winthrop University 14
55 Newberry College 14
58 LeGrand Institute of Cosmetology Inc 13
58 Forrest College 13
58 VSKI Cosmetology School 13
61 College of Charleston 12
61 Morris College 12
61 Coastal Carolina University 12
61 Erskine College 12
65 B-Unique Beauty and Barber Academy 10
66 Sumter Beauty College 7
66 Top of the Line Barber College 7
68 Charleston Southern University 6
68 American College of the Building Arts 6
70 Medical University of South Carolina 5
71 Benedict College 3
72 Coker College 0
72 Columbia College 0
72 Anderson University South Carolina 0

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