Paying for EDCT courses and training

Financial Aid and SC Lottery Funding are not available for non-college credit or continuing education courses. Financial Assistance is available to assist in covering expenses related to training courses. See listing below for many funding options. It is recommended to visit in person with an appointment.

Government Related Funding

If you are unemployed due to a plant closing, reduction in workforce, trade imbalance, etc. the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and/or the Trade Assistance Act (TAA) provide funding for eligible citizens.

McAlister Square SC Works
Greenville Center
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Suite E-1
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 467-8857 

Greenville County DSS
various programs for those in transition
301 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29603
(864) 467-7700 

PO Box 1326
237 North Hospital St.
Greenwood, SC 29648
(864) 223-8434

SC Works Worklink 
Anderson Center
309 West Whitner St
Anderson, SC 29622
(864) 226-6273

Laurens Center 
18 Hazel Drive
Clinton, SC 29325
(864) 833-0142

Greenwood Center 
519 Monument Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 223-1681

Spartanburg Workforce Center (Unemployment Services) 
440 Church St
Spartanburg, SC 29304
(864) 573-7231

SC Works Upstate 
Spartanburg Center
110 Commerce Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 562-4168

Vocational Rehabilitation

If you have a disability; physical, mental, medical condition, alcohol or substance abuse addiction or criminal record you could qualify for assistance.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department 
SCVRD-Greenville Office        
105 Parkins Mill Road 
Greenville, SC 29607 
(864) 297-3066 


Community Agencies

Greenville County Regional Workforce Collaborative/Greenville Works
Consortium of agencies delivering services to residents meeting eligibility requirements; HS diploma/GED, satisfactory background check, passing drug screen, meeting income guidelines and a minimum of a silver Work Keys certificate. Those qualifying receive 3 weeks of training.

For WorkKeys career readiness certificate contact:
Whitney Harris
Urban League/Upstate
(864) 244-4117

To apply to the program go to or contact:
Ed Anderson                                       
(864) 546-4700

Susan Jennings                                        
(864) 527-8990 ext.26

Michael’s Way
Michael’s Way helps adults breakout out poverty through education. Agency requests that prospective students check with other traditional agencies first, since they have limited funding. Michael’s Way requires prospective clients to take the WorkKeys skills test prior to consideration for funding. Visit for more information or to fill out an application. 

Sunbelt Human Advancement Resource SHARE/LADDER Program
Comprehensive jobs training/improvement and placement program
Eligibility Requirements Greenville County resident meeting
Income Requirements

PO Box 10204
614 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29603
(864) 527-8990
(Quiwanna James ext. 27 or  

United Ministries Employment Readiness Program
Individuals must attend orientation on Thursday mornings to determine eligibility.

Learning Center
503 Vardry Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 242-0917

Student Loans

Eligibility determined by application process. Most loans require a 24-48 hour turnaround. This is a low interest loan that the student pays back.

Sallie Mae Company, SLM Financial
(888) -2-Sallie

Personal Loans

Eligibility determined by application and credit score. Usually there is a one day turnaround with $1,000 minimum interest loan that the student pays back.

Lendmark Financial Services
101 Verdae Blvd. Suite 340
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 284-0816

Scholarships & Apprenticeships

EDCT has access to a number of programs to help students get the training the need.  Many of these programs are grant-based or scholarship funds which means they have some strict guidelines.

Quick Jobs with a Future Scholarships through Greenville Tech Foundation
Due to the benevolence of local corporations, charitable groups, and private citizens, limited Quick Jobs program scholarships are available when funding is provided. The donations are administered by the Greenville Tech Foundation. Interested individuals must meet with the appropriate program manager with the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division to determine need and eligibility. The program manager will coordinate with a divisional representative to check on availability of funding. Contact Steve Hand for more information.

Quick Jobs with a Future Veterans Scholarship
Download the Application Packet (PDF)

Veterans Grant
This privately funded program is limited to veterans.  Veterans may apply to the program to fund some portion of training in a variety of areas.  If you are a veteran, contact Steve Hand at 250-8249 or

South Carolina Upstate Merit Shop Electrical Contractor's Apprenticeship
The Electrical Core through Level IV program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and provides students with defined career paths in the electrical occupations through a combination of classroom, lab, and live work experiences. To learn more and to apply for the apprenticeship, contact Suzanne Richards, director of training, Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc., at (704) 332-7280 or email