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South Carolina Trade Schools

74 Colleges
9,200 Yearly Graduations
$50,184 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,993 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. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $12,546 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $16,744 a year.

About 64% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly 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

The total student population at Greenville Technical College is 11,123, which includes 4,537 full-time undergraduates. 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

There are 3,207 full-time undergraduates at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and 6,705 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Approximately 39% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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 3,467 full-time undergraduates at TCTC, and 6,181 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at TCTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,314 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.1% is very similar 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 12,351 students at Trident Technical College in total, 4,617 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 34% of students at Trident Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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%.

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 1,822 full-time undergraduates at Piedmont Technical College, and 4,747 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at Piedmont Technical College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,700 during the early-career years.

#6

Midlands Technical College

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

There are 9,160 students at MTC in total, 4,179 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

29% of MTC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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 518 students at Arclabs in total, 292 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

75% of Arclabs students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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

There are 1,462 full-time undergraduates at Florence-Darlington Technical College, and 3,558 students altogether. 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 2,277 full-time undergraduates at York Technical College, and 4,529 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 24% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

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 600 students at MMC Conway in total, 563 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

64% of MMC Conway students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$5,594 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,298 students at OCtech in total, 770 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%.

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
$5,886 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Spartanburg Community College is 4,633, which includes 2,132 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at Spartanburg Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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 3,361, which includes 1,125 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at Central Carolina take out loans to pay for college. 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 400 full-time undergraduates at MMC Charleston, and 411 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

61% of MMC Charleston students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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 192 students at Southeastern Institute - Charleston in total, 94 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Roughly 40% of students at Southeastern Institute - Charleston take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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 497 students at Fortis College - Columbia in total, 497 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

85% of Fortis College - Columbia students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$5,186 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,236 students at Aiken Technical College in total, 739 are 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

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

The total student population at Southeastern Esthetics Institute is 147, which includes 146 full-time undergraduates.

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

#18

International Diving Institute

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

There are 92 full-time undergraduates at International Diving Institute, and 92 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 53% of students at International Diving Institute take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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 175 students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology in total, 115 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

79% of Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,480 a year. Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology has a 5.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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 148 students at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg in total, 108 are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Spartanburg. The freshman retention rate is 92%.

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 school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average rate 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 179 full-time undergraduates at Paul Mitchell the School Columbia, and 239 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 80% of students at Paul Mitchell the School Columbia take out loans to pay for college. 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 2,308 students at TCL in total, 577 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%.

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 196 students at Southeastern Institute - Columbia in total, 103 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Roughly 43% of students at Southeastern Institute - Columbia take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount 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 140 full-time undergraduates at Remington College - Columbia Campus, and 140 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

80% of Remington College - Columbia Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,900 during the early-career years.

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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