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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a high school student apply directly to the Charleston Bridge Program?

No. Students interested in participating in Charleston Bridge must apply to the College of Charleston for freshman admission. The College’s Office of Admissions will offer the program to select applicants from South Carolina high schools.

Are students eligible to apply for financial aid?

Yes. Students are advised to submit the FAFSA to Trident Technical College, as well as the College of Charleston, before the program priority deadline of March 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.  The FAFSA will be accepted after the priority deadline. Financial aid for the fall semester will be issued from Trident Technical College and for those students successfully transitioning, from the College of Charleston in the spring semester.

To adequately plan for a full year of enrollment, students should submit their FAFSA to both institutions. FAFSA codes are: 004920 (Trident) and 003428 (CofC).

Because of the unique nature of the Charleston Bridge Program, students (if eligible) are able to secure financial aid for Trident Technical College tuition and fees, program fees and College of Charleston housing and meal plans through their financial aid application to Trident.

Are students required to live on campus and/or have a meal plan at College of Charleston?

Yes. Students accepted into Charleston Bridge are required to have a Freshmen Resident Meal Plan and live on the College of Charleston campus during the fall and spring semesters. Students will select from Berry, Buist, Craig, College Lodge or Liberty residence halls.

NOTE: All fees listed in this section are subject to change at any time.

Are students allowed to bring a car?

Parking in downtown Charleston is extremely limited. Students may certainly bring a car, but where they park the car will be their responsibility. They will not, however, be eligible for on-campus parking until such time as they have 60 or more credit hours on file with the College of Charleston Registrar’s Office.

Where and when will classes be held?

All Charleston Bridge Program classes are taught by Trident Technical College faculty. Classes will be held on the College of Charleston’s downtown campus. Course times will vary, but the majority of courses will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Will students have classes with Trident Technical College students who are not a part of the Charleston Bridge Program?

No. Students in the program will only have classmates who are also participating in the Charleston Bridge Program.

Will classes follow Trident Technical College or College of Charleston’s academic calendar?

Classes will be offered on the College of Charleston Bridge Academic Calendar which can be found in the Charleston Bridge channel on the Academic Services or Faculty tab in MyCharleston. Students in the Charleston Bridge Program can view the exam schedule on the Charleston Bridge channel in MyCharleston or consult with their instructor. 

What is the average class size of courses offered in the Charleston Bridge Program?

Most classes will enroll between 20 and 30 students.

Will students have a Trident Technical College or a College of Charleston official transcript for their academic work in the fall semester?

All students will have an official transcript from Trident Technical College for their fall academic work.

When will students register for their Trident Technical College courses?

All Bridge students will register for their classes at summer orientation on the College of Charleston downtown campus.

When will orientation be held?

Orientation for Charleston Bridge students is mandatory and will be held July 7, 2017. Orientation is free to students and family members. Family participation is optional. Registration for orientation will open on April 3, 2017, and the deadline to register is June 1, 2017. Get more orientation information.

Will Charleston Bridge students be able to take Trident Technical College courses online or at one of the Trident Tech campuses in the Charleston region? 

The Charleston Bridge Program is a residential program, with students registering for Trident Tech courses offered on the College of Charleston campus and taking advantage of the academic resources of the College of Charleston. In extraordinary cases, students may request permission to take other Trident Tech courses. Approval of such requests is not guaranteed. 

Is the $300 deposit to secure a space in the Charleston Bridge Program refundable?

No. The deposit is not refundable. The $300 will apply towards the student’s housing and tuition expenses.

Is there a program fee for participating in the Charleston Bridge program?

Yes. The Charleston Bridge Program fee is $1,450, subject to final approval by the two institutions. Fees for each academic year are published annually by the College of Charleston and by Trident Technical College.

Are students eligible to apply for financial aid?

Yes. Students are advised to submit their FAFSA to Trident Technical College, as well as the College of Charleston, before the program priority deadline of March 1st. The FAFSA will still be accepted after the priority deadline. To adequately plan for a full year of enrollment, students should submit their FAFSA to both institutions. FAFSA codes: 004920 (TTC) and 003428 (CofC). 

Because of the unique nature of the Charleston Bridge Program, students (if eligible) are able to secure financial aid for Trident Technical College tuition and fees, program fees and College of Charleston housing and meal plans through their financial aid application to Trident.

Are students eligible for South Carolina state scholarships?

Yes. View the State Financial Aid details.

What if a student fails to achieve the minimum requirements to transition to the College of Charleston in spring semester? Can they appeal an admissions decision?

Yes. Students in the program who do not meet the required minimum 2.6 grade point average and 12 transferable transfer credits will have the opportunity to appeal to the Office of Admissions to still admit them for the spring semester. Details related to the appeal process are provided during summer orientation.

Can students who do not meet College of Charleston admission requirements remain in College of Charleston residence halls for the spring semester?

No. Students will not be allowed to remain in residence halls and will no longer have access to College of Charleston support services or extracurricular activities.

Can students who do not meet College of Charleston admission requirements continue in Trident Technical College classes for the spring semester?

Yes, with the approval of Trident Technical College. The College of Charleston recommends that students who do not meet the requirements to continue at Trident Technical College for the spring semester, whether in face-to-face or online courses. Students are eligible to apply for admission to the College of Charleston again for the fall semester after completing additional coursework.

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