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South Carolina Trade Schools

74 Colleges
9,200 Yearly Graduations
$52,090 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,660 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, South Carolina is ranked #30 in the country with 9,200 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in South Carolina is $13,022 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $17,761 a year.

An estimated 61% of college students in South Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,915 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 10,536 students at GTC in total, 4,387 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at GTC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,110 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from GTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

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

There are 3,056 full-time undergraduates at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and 6,409 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 33% of students at Horry-Georgetown Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,556 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%.

Students who graduate from Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Tri-County Technical College

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

The total student population at Tri-County Technical College is 5,582, which includes 3,120 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 21% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,331 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

#4

Trident Technical College

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

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

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $3,816 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% 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

The total student population at Piedmont Technical College is 4,712, which includes 1,673 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,282 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Piedmont Technical College is $22,700.

#6

Midlands Technical College

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

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

Approximately 26% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,126 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MTC is $25,300.

#7

Arclabs

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

There are 552 students at Arclabs in total, 315 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Arclabs is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Roughly 80% of students at Arclabs take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,129 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

#8

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
412 Yearly Degrees
$5,030 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.

19% of Florence-Darlington Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,849 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 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
$5,395 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at York Technical College is 4,178, which includes 2,036 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at York Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,570 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,600 during the early-career years.

#10

Miller-Motte College Conway

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

The total student population at Miller-Motte College Conway is 323, which includes 317 full-time undergraduates. 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 26.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MMC Conway with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

Orangeburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
268 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.

10% of OCtech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $3,217 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from OCtech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
259 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 typical student loan amount is $3,713 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% 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
$6,594 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.

Roughly 11% of students at Central Carolina take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $3,983 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Central Carolina with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Miller-Motte College Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
229 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 average amount of student loans is $9,810 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,400 during the early-career years.

#15

Southeastern Institute - Charleston

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

There are 200 students at Southeastern Institute - Charleston in total, 111 are full-time undergraduates. Southeastern Institute - Charleston has a freshman retention rate of 94%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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

Roughly 55% of students at Southeastern Institute - Charleston take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $11,637 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeastern Institute - Charleston is $20,900.

#16

Fortis College - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
145 Yearly Degrees
$14,109 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.

Approximately 83% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,676 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Fortis College - Columbia is $25,600.

#16

Aiken Technical College

Graniteville, South Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
145 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.

Roughly 11% of students at Aiken Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,134 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 Aiken Technical College is $22,200.

#18

Southeastern Esthetics Institute

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

There are 112 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Esthetics Institute, and 123 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,396 a year.

#18

International Diving Institute

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

There are 75 full-time undergraduates at International Diving Institute, and 75 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

67% of International Diving Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $10,706 a year.

#20

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek

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

The total student population at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Goose Creek is 157, which includes 62 full-time undergraduates. 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. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

#21

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg

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

There are 132 students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg in total, 100 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Roughly 73% of students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,040 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg is $16,200.

#22

Paul Mitchell the School Columbia

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

There are 199 students at Paul Mitchell the School Columbia in total, 147 are full-time undergraduates. 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. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% 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
$5,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,119 students at TCL in total, 532 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,531 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 TCL with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Southeastern Institute - Columbia

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

There are 112 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Institute - Columbia, and 193 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Southeastern Institute - 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.

50% of Southeastern Institute - Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $10,736 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 $19,300 during the early-career years.

#25

Remington College - Columbia Campus

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

There are 33 students at Remington College - Columbia Campus in total, 33 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 62% of students at Remington College - Columbia Campus take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,396 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% 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 University 0
72 Columbia College 0
72 Anderson University South Carolina 0

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