2020 Best Online Community Colleges in South Carolina

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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Students in South Carolina can earn an online associate degree or certificate from these eight community colleges. Piedmont Technical College is ranked #3 and is also the most affordable option on this list with an annual tuition of just $4,422. Enrolled students can choose among 11 available online associate degrees, including an Associate of Applied Science in Business and an Associate in Arts. Top-ranked Trident Technical College provides 18 different online associate degrees and has locations in seven cities, and tuition is $5,660 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Trident Technical College $5,660 Charleston (and 6 others)
# 2 #2 Spartanburg Community College $7,170 Spartanburg
# 3 #3 Piedmont Technical College $4,422 Greenwood (and 6 others)
# 4 #4 Aiken Technical College $6,169 Graniteville
# 5 #5 Horry-Georgetown Technical College $5,130 Conway
# 6 #6 Technical College of the Lowcountry $5,700 Beaufort
# 7 #7 Tri-County Technical College $5,319 Pendleton
# 8 #8 Midlands Technical College $7,285 West Columbia

2020 Online Community Colleges in South Carolina - Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Trident Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,660
  • Locations: Charleston (and 6 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Trident Technical College boasts a wealth of online offerings, including AAS degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Management. Its AAS in Homeland Security Management is a 66 credit-hour course that helps students develop skills needed to lead in fields like infrastructure protection, domestic and international terrorism, and international relations. TTC also allows students to gain certification in a variety of fields including Corrections, Enterprise Network Administrator, Law Enforcement, Microcomputer Business Applications, Professional Accountancy, and Bookkeeping.

#2 Spartanburg Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $7,170
  • Locations: Spartanburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Spartanburg Community College offers an online AAS degree in Management, which helps students develop their planning and organizational abilities in industry settings. Students enrolled in this program also have the opportunity to specialize in Fire Service, Information Technology, or Marketing. Students at SCC can also earn an Associate in Arts degree, which is the equivalent of the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree and is designed for students planning to transfer to another institution to complete a four-year degree. Required courses include math, English, fine arts, and natural science classes.

#3 Piedmont Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,422
  • Locations: Greenwood (and 6 others)
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Among Piedmont Technical College's online degree offerings are several AAS degrees, including one in Administrative Office Technology with concentrations in Accounting, Legal, and Medical. There is also an AAS degree in Business Administration, which allows students to concentrate in Management, Accounting, or Office Management. Piedmont Technical College also offers certificates including Funeral Service Education, which is specifically for students who want to apply for a South Carolina Funeral Directors' License and ideally for those who already have experience working at a funeral home.

#4 Aiken Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $6,169
  • Locations: Graniteville
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Aiken Technical College offers a fully online Associate of Arts degree. Students taking online courses have the option of accessing coursework either at home on their own computers or at the computer labs on the ATC campus. Online classes at ATC have the same start and end dates as the on-campus courses and require students to complete one assignment each week. Proctoring is required for final exams, so students who are unable to visit the ATC campus must use an approved off-site proctor. Graduates of the online AA degree may transfer to a four-year program in fields such as education, social sciences, and business.

#5 Horry-Georgetown Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,130
  • Locations: Conway
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Horry-Georgetown Technical College offers a number of Certificates, including the Basic Business Certificate, which is designed to prepare students for entry into the AAS in Business Administration program. This program offers three different concentrations: Hospitality, Marketing, and Public Service. A Medical Coding and Billing Certificate is also available and serves to prepare students for careers in Healthcare Professional Services and Health Information Management.

#6 Technical College of the Lowcountry

  • Annual Tuition: $5,700
  • Locations: Beaufort
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

The Technical College of the Lowcountry offers many degree options that students can earn 100% online, including an AAS in Criminal Justice Technology, which provides an in-depth review of the criminal justice system, and an AAS in Administrative Office Technology, a degree that helps students acquire the skills needed to keep an office well managed and organized. TCL also offers certificates in fields like Hospitality Management, which helps hospitality industry personnel boost their skills and improve their job prospects.

#7 Tri-County Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $5,319
  • Locations: Pendleton
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Tri-County Technical College offers a number of certificates, including Data Entry Clerk, which prepares students for jobs in entry-level data entry positions, Office Support Specialist, which provides students with entry-level office support skills, and Medical Office Specialist, which prepares students for jobs as general office professionals in medicine. AAS degrees are also offered in fields like Computer Technology. This is a 72-credit program that helps students acquire skills required to be applications programmers, network technicians, and website developers.

#8 Midlands Technical College

  • Annual Tuition: $7,285
  • Locations: West Columbia
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Midlands Technical College offers online degree, non-degree, and certificate programs. The following degrees and certificates are available entirely in a web-based format: Accounting and Payroll Specialist Training Certificate, Supervisory Certificate, Criminal Justice Certificate, Medical Coding and Billing Specialist Training Certificate, and an Associate degree in Criminal Justice‚Äč. There are three kinds of online course offerings. Fully online courses are accessible anytime and offer the most flexibility to motivated learners. Virtual courses meet at set times and allow online students to log in to class remotely. Hybrid courses have both on-campus and online learning components. MTC uses D2L's education platform to deliver online learning course materials.

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