Florence-Darlington Technical College, Your Affordable Choice For Higher Education

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Attending Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) will not only put you in the workplace quicker, but it can also save you tens of thousands of dollars . . . possibly even before you graduate high school. To take advantage of FDTC’s low-cost options, you must first decide what cost saving strategy best suits your needs, whether it’s taking advantage of dual enrollment courses, transfer options, summer school or scholarships.

Dual enrollment is quite simple. If you qualify for the program, you can earn college credit while still in high school. In fact, you can earn so many college credits that it’s possible to finish your entire freshman year of college while you’re still attending high school. Thanks to the Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) program at FDTC, dual enrollment courses are free to students when FDTC offers courses at their high school. Lottery funding requires that six or more credit hours (usually two courses) be completed in a semester.

“Dual enrollment is becoming even more cost effective as our partner schools begin to teach more courses on their campuses,” said Nancy Reading, Dual Enrollment Specialist at FDTC. “If a student enrolls in two or more courses being taught at their high school, then the courses are free. I am so excited about all the new and exciting possibilities that dual enrollment opens up for high school students.

“Dual enrollment really is the best option for saving money on college tuition as well as preparing students for college. What better way to prepare for college than to have the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school. It really allows high school students to receive an introduction to college and an idea of the amount of work required.”

Another way for students to save money is by choosing the transfer option. Students can attend FDTC for two years and then transfer to a four-year institution with junior status. Thousands of dollars can be saved when students choose courses that are assured to transfer on to four-year institutions. If you log on to www.fdtc.edu and click on the “Transfer Programs” link underneath the academics section, you can view all transferable courses broken down by school and area of study.

“Florence-Darlington Technical College has bridge agreements with many four-year colleges and universities,” said Dr. Shelley Fortin, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services. “By participating in our bridge partnerships, students can be assured that all of their credits will transfer to the four-year school of their choice. Florence-Darlington Technical College has agreements with Francis Marion University, the University of South Carolina, Coker College, Clemson University, the University of Phoenix and more.

“Students can save a lot of money starting at Florence-Darlington Technical College. It is a great way to get the first two years at an affordable cost and ultimately end up with the same degree as students who chose to go straight to a four-year institution.”

Summer school is a great way for students already enrolled in a four-year institution to save money while they’re either making up credit hours or trying to get ahead.

“Taking classes at FDTC during the summer is the best decision a student already enrolled in a four-year institution can make for themselves,” Dr. Fortin said. “You’re still getting the same credit hours and educational value . . .  just at a much lower cost than if you were to take the classes at a four-year institution.”

More often than not, students overlook scholarships and miss out on the massive amounts of money they can save. You just need to know where to find the scholarships and how to apply for the funds.

“Scholarships are there for you to use, all you have to do is apply,” said Jill Lewis, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “The savings are incredible. Savings can be so large that they can literally make the difference in what school you decide to attend and how much of a workload you’ll have to endure in order to stay financially stable. Please do your research, and apply for the scholarships that FDTC offers. You’ll save yourself and your parents a lot of time, energy and money.”

So whether you’re looking to transfer to another institution, enroll in summer school or take dual enrollment/credit courses, FDTC is truly your affordable choice for higher education. FDTC’s enrollment numbers are on the rise, and the college is placing more graduates in the workplace now than ever before.

Hunter Thomas

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