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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
Website:  www.tridenttech.edu
Type:  2-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  12,148 (all undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
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
5%
Special Learning Opportunities
Distance education – undergraduate programs offered
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 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty261304
Instructional261304
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 year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees
In-district$4,039$4,155$4,394$4,5513.6%
In-state$4,481$4,607$4,860$5,0333.6%
Out-of-state$7,645$7,837$8,188$8,4843.6%
Books and supplies$2,046$2,000$2,000$2,0000.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$8,635$8,793$8,793$7,902-10.1%
Other$5,225$3,348$3,627$2,912-19.7%
Off Campus with Family
Other$5,225$3,348$3,627$2,912-19.7%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
In-district
Off Campus$19,945$18,296$18,814$17,365-7.7%
Off Campus with Family$11,310$9,503$10,021$9,463-5.6%
In-state
Off Campus$20,387$18,748$19,280$17,847-7.4%
Off Campus with Family$11,752$9,955$10,487$9,945-5.2%
Out-of-state
Off Campus$23,551$21,978$22,608$21,298-5.8%
Off Campus with Family$14,916$13,185$13,815$13,396-3.0%
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Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
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 aid11,30191%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,29190%$7,847,913$6,079
Federal grants70649%$4,265,121$6,041
Pell grants70649%$4,199,465$5,948
Other federal grants715%$65,656$925
State/local government grant or scholarships1,00670%$3,414,980$3,395
Institutional grants or scholarships15111%$167,812$1,111
Student loan aid48834%$1,770,647$3,628
Federal student loans48334%$1,723,722$3,569
Other student loans111%$46,925$4,266
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid19,817$50,468,279$5,141
Pell grants4,829$26,356,747$5,458
Federal student loans3,014$16,529,233$5,484
  • 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.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$7,616$5,437$5,129
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 Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$6,984$4,364$3,212
$30,001 – $48,000$6,903$4,568$3,846
$48,001 – $75,000$8,026$5,759$5,480
$75,001 – $110,000$10,004$7,624$7,546
$110,001 and more$10,069$8,191$7,883
  • 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 2018
Total enrollment (all undergraduate)12,148
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,442
Attendance StatusStudent Gender
Attendance Status:
Full-time: 38%
Part-time: 62%Student Gender:
Male: 39%
Female: 61%
Student Race/ethnicity
Student Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 27%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 0%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 59%
25 and over: 41%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 99%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • 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: 18%
Enrolled in some distance education: 28%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 54%
Undergraduate application fee (2018-2019): $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: 55%
Part-time students: 34%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
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, 27 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 14%
Transfer-out rate: 23%
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: 15%
Female: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 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: 20%
Asian: 12%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 16%
Two or more races: 12%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 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 2014 or Fall 2015, by Time to Completion
Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Their Program in Fall 2014 or Fall 2015, by Time to Completion
[Began in Fall 2014]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 6%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 16%
Within Twice as Long as "Normal time" for the program: 22%
[Began in Fall 2015]
Within "Normal time" for the program: 7%
Within 150% of "Normal time" for the program: 14%
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
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 7%
Received an Associate's degree: 17%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 25%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 7%
Received an Associate's degree: 15%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 23%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 6%
Received an Associate's degree: 20%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 29%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 6%
Received an Associate's degree: 9%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 5%
Received an Associate's degree: 7%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 22%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 7%
Received an Associate's degree: 12%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 8%
Received an Associate's degree: 24%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 8%
Received an Associate's degree: 22%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 36%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 8%
Received an Associate's degree: 26%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a certificate: 8%
Received an Associate's degree: 20%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 34%
[Pell]
Received a certificate: 10%
Received an Associate's degree: 18%
Enrolled at same institution: 2%
Enrolled at different institution: 32%
[Non-Pell]
Received a certificate: 7%
Received an Associate's degree: 21%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 35%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgram<1
year
Certificate
1
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year
Certificate
Associate
  • 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
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations5--
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other1--
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General12-17
Landscaping and Groundskeeping5--
Turf and Turfgrass Management4--
Category total27-17
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting41d-20d
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General19d-31d
Business Administration and Management, General--43d
Business/Commerce, General3d-36d
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry54d--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies2d--
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management22d-20d
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General0--
Category total141d-150d
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician11-28
Category total11-28
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other90d-44d
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance5--
Computer Programming/Programmer, General2d--
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician30d-72d
Category total127d-116d
Construction Trades
Building Construction Technology0--
Lineworker26--
Category total26--
Education
Technical Teacher Education--0
Category total--0
Engineering
Pre-Engineering10--
Category total10--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD3--
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD2--
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician0-4
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other8--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician0-7
Electrical/Electronics Drafting and Electrical/Electronics CAD/CADD1--
Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians, Other0--
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other0--
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician22--
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD28--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician--3
Category total64-14
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General7d--
Category total7d--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Child Care and Support Services Management0-24
Child Care Provider/Assistant14d2d-
Category total14d2d24
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician--11
Dental Assisting/Assistant-18-
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist--17
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)1-7
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician7-13
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other0--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training-21-
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist--21
Medical/Clinical Assistant-20-
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide0--
Occupational Therapist Assistant--17
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant014-
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant0-18
Pre-Nursing Studies90--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse--182
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist--18
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant--20
Category total9873324
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies11d-49d
Homeland Security--7d
Category total11d-56d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal6-22
Category total6-22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies65-509
Category total65-509
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician2--
Airframe Mechanics and Aircraft Maintenance Technology/Technician25--
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician23--
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician26--
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician0--
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology36--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other--18
Category total112-18
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--126
Category total--126
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Physical Fitness Technician3--
Category total3--
Personal and Culinary Services
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef13--
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General9--
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General400-
Culinary Arts/Chef Training65-56
Institutional Food Workers16--
Category total143056
Precision Production
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist5-0
Welding Technology/Welder20--
Category total25-0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General0-39
Social Work0-0
Category total0-39
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General4--
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other0--
Category total4--
Visual and Performing Arts
Cinematography and Film/Video Production0--
Commercial and Advertising Art15-42
Drawing0--
Category total15-42
Grand total909751,541
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: 971
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: 148
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits: $3,495
DoD Tuition Assistance Program: $2,756
RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND TRANSFER-OUT
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Full-time students: 73%
Part-time students: 70%
  • Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
GRADUATION AND TRANSFER-OUT RATES FOR FIRST-TIME EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS
Rates by time to completion2010-112011-12
Graduation rate
150 percent of normal time15%12%
200 percent of normal time19%--
Transfer-out rate
150 percent of normal time36%41%
200 percent of normal time43%--
  • Depending on the program length, graduation and transfer-out rates can be measured over different lengths of time. The academic years, 2010-11 and 2011-12, are the cohort years students entered an institution. "Normal time" is the typical amount of time it takes full-time students to complete their program from the time they entered an institution. For example, the "normal" amount of time (or 100% 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., completion within 3 years for a 2-year program) and "200% of normal time," or twice as long as the normal time (e.g., completion within 4 years for a 2-year program).
  • (--) not applicable
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc.Accredited since (01/01/2001)TBD
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1974)06/08/2021
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programsAccredited since (01/01/1990)12/31/2020
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programsAccredited since (02/01/1999)12/31/2020
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Dental Assisting (DA)Accredited since (12/11/1970)12/31/2025
Dental Hygiene (DH)Accredited since (05/03/1990)12/31/2025
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degreeAccredited since (04/01/1989)12/31/2023
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistantAccredited since (04/06/1989)12/20/2024
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographersAccredited since (01/27/1973)11/30/2022
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/142708.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations100
Liquor law violations100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape000
Fondling000
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary054
Motor vehicle theft220
Arson000
  • 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 http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201620152014
Default rate14.1%3.5%16.1%
Number in default559161798
Number in repayment3,9644,5504,928
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)