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IPEDS ID: 218894
OPE ID: 00492000
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Trident Technical College
7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067
General information:  (843) 574-6111
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  16,136 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  21 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty339469
Research and public service00
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,400$2,000$2,000$2,0462.3%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$7,479$8,441$8,441$8,6352.3%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Off Campus$15,469$17,361$19,370$19,8482.5%
Off Campus with Family$7,990$8,920$10,929$11,2132.6%
Off Campus$15,863$17,765$19,786$20,2762.5%
Off Campus with Family$8,384$9,324$11,345$11,6412.6%
Off Campus$18,683$20,649$22,758$23,3402.6%
Off Campus with Family$11,204$12,208$14,317$14,7052.7%
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,80095%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,78894%$8,777,912$4,909
Federal grants1,22365%$5,636,356$4,609
Pell grants1,20063%$5,565,380$4,638
Other federal grants674%$70,976$1,059
State/local government grant or scholarships1,16562%$3,117,683$2,676
Institutional grants or scholarships804%$23,873$298
Student loan aid72438%$4,231,384$5,844
Federal student loans72338%$4,174,617$5,774
Other student loans60%$56,767$9,461
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid114,38682%$65,579,240$4,559
Pell grants9,23453%$41,671,430$4,513
Federal student loans8,16847%$60,453,688$7,401
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$5,553$6,314$8,444
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$5,120$6,101$8,146
$30,001 – $48,000$5,268$6,309$8,127
$48,001 – $75,000$6,689$7,127$9,436
$75,001 – $110,000$7,975$8,481$10,968
$110,001 and more$8,296$8,571$10,798
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)16,136
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment98
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 45%
Part-time: 55%Student Gender:
Male: 38%
Female: 62%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 30%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 58%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 49%
25 and over: 51%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Undergraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 15%
Enrolled in some distance education: 25%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 60%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $30
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students
Student retention:
Full-time students: 50%
Part-time students: 35%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 40 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 10%
Transfer-out rate: 22%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by gender
Overall graduation rate by gender:
Male: 12%
Female: 9%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity
Overall graduation rate by race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 7%
Asian: 15%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 13%
Two or more races: 9%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Graduated Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Graduation Rates by Time to Completion

Graduation rates can be measured over different lengths of time. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program. For example, the "normal" amount of time for many associate's degree programs is 2 years. Not all students complete within the normal time, so graduation rates are measured by other lengths of time as well, including "150% of normal time" (e.g., 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., 4 years for a 2-year program).

Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2010 or Fall 2011, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2010]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 4%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 10%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 15%
[Began in Fall 2011]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 5%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 10%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: %
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General7-9
Landscaping and Groundskeeping4--
Turf and Turfgrass Management1--
Category total12-9
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General15-22d
Business Administration and Management, General--57d
Business/Commerce, General12d-42d
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry85d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies2d--
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management27-26
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General2d--
Category total215d-179d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician19-8
Category total19-8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other80d-37
Computer Programming/Programmer, General10d--
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician51d-49d
Category total141d-86d
Construction Trades
Category total25--
Technical Teacher Education--0
Category total--0
Category total23--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician0-7
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician1--
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other13--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician0-8
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other1--
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician7--
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD42--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician--6
Surveying Technology/Surveying1--
Category total65-21
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General9--
Category total9--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management1-29
Child Care Provider/Assistant309-
Category total31929
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--13
Dental Assisting/Assistant-17-
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--20
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)47-13
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician17-0
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other39--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-56-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist--24
Medical/Clinical Assistant-22-
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide3--
Occupational Therapist Assistant--21
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant014-
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant16-17
Pre-Nursing Studies319--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--257
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist--11
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant--21
Category total441109397
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies20d-75d
Homeland Security--0d
Category total20d-75d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal10-28
Category total10-28
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--508d
Category total--508d
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician28--
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician74--
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician66--
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician35--
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician1--
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology18--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other--18
Category total222-18
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--110
Category total--110
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Physical Fitness Technician12--
Category total12--
Personal and Culinary Services
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef5--
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General8711-
Culinary Arts/Chef Training62-70
Institutional Food Workers26--
Category total1801170
Precision Production
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist32-0
Welding Technology/Welder33--
Category total65-0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General0-25
Social Work8-0
Category total8-25
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General15--
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other2--
Category total17--
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production1--
Commercial and Advertising Art39-49
Category total42-49
Grand total1,5571291,612
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 767
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 41
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $2,750
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: $2,893
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences1/1/2001 -  Accredited
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1974 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs1/1/1990 -  Accredited
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs2/1/1999 -  Accredited
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)12/11/1970 -  Accredited
Dental Hygiene (DH)5/3/1990 -  Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree4/1/1989 -  Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant4/6/1989 -  Accredited
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers1/27/1973 -  Accredited
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft140
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate18.9%16.5%16.3%
Number in default796642492
Number in repayment4,1933,8753,005
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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