OCtech administers various types of financial aid to students who demonstrate financial need or merit.  The types of financial aid available include scholarships, grants, lottery, loans, WorkStudy programs and veteran benefits. Typically, a student must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours or more to be eligible for most financial aid, although limited funds may be available for students who enroll in less than 6 credit hours. Any student who needs financial assistance must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. Application forms should be submitted online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.

Financial aid awards are made without regard to race, color, sex, handicap or national/ethnic origin. Awards are disbursed each semester, and are determined on the last day of add/drop and based on class attendance. If a student does not attend all of their classes, the award will be recalculated and based on verified enrollment status. Students in default on a student loan or repayment of a grant may not be awarded financial aid, except under certain circumstances.


Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College offers a variety of scholarships for current and prospective students. Available scholarships range from general to program specific and can help reduce to the cost of pursuing your education at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.


Students with financial need may be awarded grants based on individual grant eligibility. The federal government and the state of South Carolina offer grants that do not have to be repaid. Grant aid can be used for educational expenses including tuition and fees, books and supplies, and cost of living while enrolled at OCtech.

If you have not already submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need to do so before the college’s Financial Aid Office can determine your eligibility for any grants.


Work-study is a federal need based award granted to eligible students who would like to work part-time on campus while completing their degree program.

To learn more and to apply, visit our Workstudy Page.

Student Loans

Student loans, unlike grants and WorkStudy, are borrowed money that must be repaid with interest, just like car loans and home mortgages. Loans are legal obligations, so before you take out a student loan, think about the amount you’ll have to repay over the years.

Veterans Benefits

OCtech is approved for all college-related veterans’ educational programs. Any veteran, dependent of a deceased or totally disabled veteran, active duty service member, active reservist or national guardsman may be eligible to receive veterans’ educational benefits. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 803.535.1224  or your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service for more information.

Senior Citizens

South Carolina residents who are 60 years of age or older may enroll in courses free of charge on a space-available basis during the published add/drop period of each term. Senior citizens must follow standard admissions procedures and meet all course prerequisite requirements.