Types of Financial Aid


Financial Aid -- Scholarship Information
Scholarships are offered through a variety of sources with a variety of eligibility requirements. Student’s can receive scholarships in addition to Title IV aid. However, the total of all scholarships and financial aid received at Aiken Technical College cannot exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
Institutional Scholarships
The ATC Foundation awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school or college level course work. Some scholarships are based on general academic achievement, while others are based on potential in specific academic areas. Students are selected primarily during the spring semester (March) for scholarships to be awarded for the following academic year. A second selection process for new or unclaimed scholarships takes place in early Fall (October). Occasionally, scholarships may become available at other times during the year. If this happens, all applicants who have met the qualifications will be considered for available scholarship funds.
Qualifications and How to Apply
A list of qualifying criteria and an application for an ATC Foundation Scholarship is available in the ATC Financial Aid Office beginning each January or you may click here to download an application. The application deadline is March 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year.
A listing of the ATC Foundation Scholarships offered each year and their specific criteria can be viewed at http://www.atcfoundation.org.
Technical Scholars Program
Sponsorships cover all college tuition, fees, textbooks, and provide paid part-time jobs for selected students. Students applying for these scholarships must be fully accepted into an appropriate associate degree program, meet scholarship criteria, agree to comply with all sponsoring employer’s interviews and other required screenings. Sponsoring employers make the final decision on who is offered a scholarship based upon their needs and the applicant’s qualifications. Students interested in the Technical Scholars Program should contact Patsy Fields at (803) 508-7278 or Shareffa Harris at (803) 508-7420.
Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship
The LIFE Scholarship is administered by the ATC Financial Aid Office as outlined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and statutes of the South Carolina General Assembly. The LIFE Scholarship is an annual scholarship available to students for up to 2 years for those enrolled in an associate degree program and up to 1 year for those enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. The scholarship covers a students cost of tuition and $150 per semester towards books. The LIFE Scholarship cannot be used during the summer semester. Download a LIFE Scholarship Assessment Form and view the eligibility requirements.
Transfer students who wish to be considered for the LIFE Scholarship must complete a Scholarship Assessment Form, LIFE GPA Calculation Request Form and submit all collegiate transcripts to the Enrollment Services Center.
Privately Funded Scholarships
Many outside agencies offer scholarships to students planning on attending ATC. Typically the student is given a set of criteria they must meet or maintain from the offering agency to receive the scholarship. Checks are sometimes mailed directly to the student, while most often they are mailed directly to the institution. Checks mailed to the institution and written to ATC will be deposited into the student’s account for registration purposes. If checks are mailed to the institution and written to ATC and the student, the student must sign the check before it will be deposited into the student’s account.
Scholarship Search Engines
Below are a number of websites available for students to do their own research for scholarships using the internet. Visit one or all of the following scholarship search engines at:
Scholarship Links


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