No-Cost College

York Tech Announces No-Cost College for 2022

Beginning Spring 2022, York Technical College in Rock Hill, SC will offer students the opportunity to attend college without having to pay tuition or fees.

You read that right– free college classes. It may sound too good to be true, but the terms and conditions are actually very minimal.

Students may choose from over 100 programs leading to careers in high-demand fields. This “No-Cost College” is funded by the South Carolina Workforce Scholarships for the Future program, along with other funding sources made available by York Tech.

If you’ve been on the fence about starting career training, this is your sign to get started today! This funding won’t last forever, so you should take advantage of it now.

What are the Advantages of No-Cost College?

It may seem obvious, but there are some benefits of no-cost college at York Tech that you may not have even realized:

  • Attend college without paying tuition or fees
  • Change careers with no training cost to you
  • Lower dependence on student loan debt
  • Choose from a large selection of programs
  • Earn a certificate or degree for a high-demand career field
  • Increase accessibility to higher education

What Costs are Covered?

You may be thinking, “No-cost college? That sounds too good to be true.” Luckily, it’s not! This new funding covers all tuition and fees.

You’ll save several thousand dollars in tuition alone each semester! The only cost to you are things like textbooks, uniforms, or tools required for your courses.

How Long Will Funds Last?

If you can’t sign up for Spring ’22 for any reason, you might be wondering if you’ll still be able to take advantage of no-cost college down the road. York Tech has provided FAQs for this new program here.

For this particular question, the answer is: Free tuition and fees are guaranteed for Spring ’22, Summer ’22, and Fall ’22 semesters and/or until funds are no longer available.

York Tech hopes to continue the program through Spring of 2024 and will notify students as soon as possible.

What Programs are Included in the No-Cost College Program?

Many high-growth industries are facing a shortage of trained workers in South Carolina, and the state is making moves to close the gap. The programs that are being offered are generally going to be directly aligned with industries that are projected to do the most hiring in the years to come.

Over 100 degree and certificate programs at York Tech are eligible for No-Cost Tuition. Below is a partial list. Click the links to see all eligible courses.

Eligible Credit Programs

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, AV Technology and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • University Transfer

Eligible Non-Credit Programs

  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Construction
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation/Distribution/Logistics

How Do I Qualify?

Depending on whether you want to pursue a credit program (typically two years) or a non-credit program (typically less than one year), the qualification requirements differ.

For Credit Programs

  • Enroll in an eligible program
  • Register for a minimum six credit hours
  • Be a South Carolina Resident
  • Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the Scholarship Acknowledgment Form

For Non-Credit Programs

  • Enroll in an eligible program
  • Be a South Carolina Resident

How do I Get Started?

Admission requirements for York Technical College are designed to be doable for many people in our community. Our Admissions Team will walk you through the process, and answer questions about your desired program, so contact us and we’ll help you along the way!