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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

South Carolina ranked #30 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 9,200 students received some type of diploma that year. South Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,022 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,761 per 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

The total student population at Greenville Technical College is 10,536, which includes 4,387 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from GTC is $26,500.

#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 6,409, which includes 3,056 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Horry-Georgetown Technical College is $22,400.

#3

Tri-County Technical College

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

There are 3,120 full-time undergraduates at TCTC, and 5,582 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount 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

The total student population at Trident Technical College is 11,650, which includes 4,225 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Trident Technical College is $25,400.

#4

Piedmont Technical College

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

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

26% of Piedmont Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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 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.

26% of MTC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,300 during the early-career years.

#7

Arclabs

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

There are 315 full-time undergraduates at Arclabs, and 552 students altogether. Arclabs has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

80% of Arclabs students take out loans to afford college costs. 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

There are 3,315 students at Florence-Darlington Technical College in total, 1,259 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at Florence-Darlington Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Florence-Darlington Technical College is $21,200.

#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.

22% of York Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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

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.

Roughly 60% of students at MMC Conway take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MMC Conway is $20,800.

#11

Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

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

The total student population at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College is 2,257, which includes 646 full-time undergraduates. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,000 during the early-career years.

#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%.

Students who graduate from Spartanburg Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Central Carolina Technical College

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

There are 904 full-time undergraduates at Central Carolina, and 2,885 students altogether. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,300 during the early-career years.

#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 typical student loan amount 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 College - Charleston

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

The total student population at Southeastern College - Charleston is 200, which includes 111 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Southeastern College - Charleston. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

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

55% of Southeastern College - Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 College - 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.

83% of Fortis College - Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$5,306 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 608 full-time undergraduates at Aiken Technical College, and 1,925 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

Students who graduate from Aiken Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Southeastern Esthetics Institute

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

There are 123 students at Southeastern Esthetics Institute in total, 112 are 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 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

The total student population at International Diving Institute is 75, which includes 75 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 67% of students at International Diving Institute take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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.

Roughly 78% of students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology take out loans to pay for college. 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

The total student population at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg is 132, which includes 100 full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,040 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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

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 average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Technical College of the Lowcountry is 2,119, which includes 532 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from TCL is $21,800.

#24

Southeastern College - Columbia

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

There are 193 students at Southeastern College - Columbia in total, 112 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 100% of students who apply get accepted. Around 10% of accepted students 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. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#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.

62% of Remington College - Columbia Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

Students who graduate from Remington College - Columbia Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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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