Tuition and Cost to Attend Trident Technical College

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state South Carolina residents to go to Trident Technical College is $14,679 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess South Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $17,651. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $6,238.

Undergraduate Tuition

Trident Technical College tuition is $4,108 per year for in-state residents. This is 29% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,176. The cost is $2,679 and 39% cheaper than the average South Carolina tuition of $6,787 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 9th in South Carolina amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $7,080 which represents a 72% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $130 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,238.

Housing Costs

Trident Technical College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Charleston area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,441.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,000.

Costs and Tuition for Trident Technical College
Expenditure Price
South Carolina Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$14,679
   In-State Tuition$4,108
   Other Fees$130
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,441
   Books and Supplies$2,000
South Carolina Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$6,238
   In-State Tuition$4,108
   Other Fees$130
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$2,000

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $14,679 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Trident Technical College net price for in-state students receiving aid was $5,247* for the 2010/2011 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of Trident Technical College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $4,159. 51 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,312. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Trident Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Trident Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,247*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,159
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants51%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,312

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,120
$30,001 to $48,000$5,268
$48,001 to $75,000$6,689
$75,001 to $110,000$7,975
$110,000+$8,296

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,679 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,679. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

28%
46%
26%

Grants and Scholarships

 28% - $4,159

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Trident Technical College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 46% - $6,728

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 26% -  $3,792

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.


Tuition Comparison to Academically Similar Schools in the Region

School Cost vs. Trident Technical College
Technical College of the Lowcountry5.7% more expensive
Williamsburg Technical College9.3% less expensive
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College12.8% more expensive
Denmark Technical College42.7% less expensive
University of South Carolina Sumter48.2% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Trident Technical College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Trident Technical College is $29,358 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $5,247 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $10,494**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Trident Technical College.

South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,054
South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,340
Non-South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,540
Non-South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,826

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Trident Technical College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Trident Technical College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$150
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$450
Price per credit hour for South Carolina residents$166
Cost for one class for South Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$498
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$284
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$852
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,136



Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 49% of Trident Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,728.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Trident Technical College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $10,494, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $13,148.32. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Trident Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,247. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Trident Technical College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Trident Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$109.57
Amount Borrowed$10,494.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,654.32
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$13,148.32

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Trident Technical College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Trident Technical College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $13,148.32 would be needed to afford a $109.57 monthly payment in the example $10,494.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Trident Technical College in the future? In the past five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,458 to $3,994. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $29,358.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Trident Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$19,203$38,406
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$24,508$49,017
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $31,280$62,559
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $36,210$72,420

Tuition History

What was tuition at Trident Technical College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$3,828$6,532 3.6%
2009$3,696$6,308 3.4%
2008$3,574$6,100 3.4%
2007$3,458$5,898 5.6%
2006$3,276$5,586 9.8%
2005$2,984$5,274 9.9%
2004$2,716$4,976 16.5%
2003$2,332$4,492 31.8%
2002$1,770$3,916 16%
2001$1,526$3,672 14.4%
2000$1,334$3,406 2%
1999$1,308$3,310 3.5%
1998$1,264$3,202 6.8%
1997$1,184$1,732 1.5%
1996$1,166$1,714 2.6%
1995$1,136$1,684 5.8%
1994$1,074$1,622 -27.7%
1993$1,485$2,307 12.6%
1992$1,319$2,142 10.3%
1991$1,196$1,951 3.1%
1990$1,160$1,872 10.3%
1989$1,052$1,700 9.6%
1988$960$1,552 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Trident Technical College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 368 13% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 184 5% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 69 3% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 63 13% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 46 2% cheaper
Social Work Associate's Degree 43 7% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 35 8% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 31 13% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 31 7% cheaper
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 27 7% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 27 13% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 27 12% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 25 5% cheaper
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 25 10% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 24 15% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 23 10% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 20 2% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 19 7% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 18 1% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 18 7% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 17 5% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 13 6% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 13 2% costlier
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 8 3% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 5 11% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 13% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 11% cheaper

Calculators

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About Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College is a two year community college located in Charleston, South Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 7,553 and part time is 9,228.  Trident Technical College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

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Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Avenue
Charleston, South Carolina
29423-8067

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Trident Technical College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

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