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Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL)

921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC

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About
Technical College of the Lowcountry, located in Beaufort South Carolina, traces its origin to the Mather School which was founded in 1968 to provide education for newly freed slaves. By 1967 the school was transferred over to the state as part of a campaign to establish a statewide technical college system. Over the next two decades as part of the South Carolina Technical College System  the school went through multiple name revisions, eventually being given its current in 1988 to better reflect its service area and program offerings.

Academics
TCL offers a variety of programs and courses to assist student in their pursuit of career training or transfer opportunities. Career training programs allow students to receive an education in a high demand field or industry with the purpose of seeking long term employment upon completion. Programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a certificate or degree. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying for transfer to colleges and universities in order to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
Technical College of the Lowcountry is an open enrollment institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for residents of its service area. As such the school maintains an open enrollment policy that admits any student that has earned a high school degree or equivalent or is eighteen years of age or older. Students are asked to supply relevant academic information and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and is awarded based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $4,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
    • Out-of-State: $8,900-$10,660
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • State Residents: $170-$200 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $370-$440 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid90%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$6,006
Receiving Student Loans6%$2,701
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Technical College of the Lowcountry may provide services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for Technical College of the Lowcountry compared to community colleges in South Carolina, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 TCLBeaufort CountySouth Carolina
Graduation Rate9.9%-12.0%
Transfer-out Rate27.2%-17.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Technical College of the Lowcountry - New River Campus

  • Massage Therapy & Bodywork Program
    • Accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (since 2011)

Campus: Technical College of the Lowcountry

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1998)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2005)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Technical College of the Lowcountry by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Engineering

    Engineering Technology

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    Health and Clinical Professions

    Interdisciplinary Studies

      Legal Professions and Studies

      Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Mechanic and Repair Technology

      Personal and Culinary Services

      Security and Protective Services

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      Contact Information

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      ACCEPTANCE RATE
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      FINANCIAL AID RATE
      90%

      STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
      15:1

      DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
      14

      FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
      $5,034