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Financial Assistance for CCE - Students
Financial Aid Programs
The majority of financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, Stafford Loan or the Lottery Tuition Assistance Scholarships are only available to students enrolled in the College's credit programs. Tri-County's Corporate & Community Education (CCE) Division does not offer credit courses. However, there are a few financial aid programs available through non-profit and for-profit organizations that will help offset the costs for your non-credit Corporate & Community Education courses. Each organization offers different student loan plans and features.
Before selecting a loan program, research which financing option best meets your needs. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each available choice since each one will vary in repayment timelines, APRs and more. Before financing be sure to:
- Research every financing option and program available.
- Look for a loan plan that offers the most flexibility in repayments and charges a reasonable rate.
- Borrow as little as possible.
- Learn about and understand your personal credit history. Your personal credit information can be found at the following agencies:
- Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union. S.C. residents can receive a one-time free credit report from these credit agencies:
Wells Fargo Education Connection: Career Loan - When submitting a Wells Fargo Education Career Loan application for a CCE class/program, please use this code: 004926-70.
You may qualify for VA educational benefits. To find out if you qualify, visit www.gibill.va.gov or visit your local VA office. The following CCE programs are approved VA education and training programs:
Federal Programs for Dislocated Workers
In conjunction with the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, WorkLink Workforce Investment Board provides several services for dislocated workers or those workers who lose their jobs due to business closure or downsizing.
To qualify as a dislocated worker a person must be terminated or laid off through no fault of their own, have received notice of termination or layoff and be eligible for or has exhausted entitlements to unemployment insurance. Those ineligible for unemployment insurance can qualify for this program if they demonstrate workforce attachment. Notification of termination or layoff can come from a WARN notice or a general announcement, and those who are self-employed or homemakers can also qualify if they meet specific criteria.
What educational expenses are deductible?
You may be able to deduct work-related educational expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A of Form 1040, line 20. To be deductible, your expenses must be for education that:
- Maintains or improves skills required in your present job; or
- Serves a business purpose and is required by your employer, or by law or regulations, to keep your present salary, status, or job.
Certain restrictions also apply. For more information, refer to Publication 508 (PDF), Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education; and Tax Topic 513, Educational Expenses: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc513.html