Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

dacaEffective March 8th 2013, Piedmont Technical College began accepting DACA recipients as applicants. If you fit the DACA criteria as outlined here, follow the steps below to enroll at PTC.

1. Apply for Admission

Select one of the following application methods:

**PTC is currently discouraging DACA recipients from choosing majors in the Health Science, Nursing and Public Service divisions because workplace testing requirements and background checks will make securing employment in these fields difficult, if not impossible, for an individual who is not a U.S. citizen. Based on current South Carolina law (June 2014), DACA students are unable to obtain certifications and state licenses that are required for these majors. 


2.  Submit the following official documentation to the Admissions Office (Room 103B) on the Greenwood campus or to any County Campus.
  • Employment Authorization Card

  • “Valid for Work Only” Social Security Card

These documents will be verified through the federal SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements) program to confirm your eligibility for enrollment at PTC.  Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will receive a notification letter from PTC, and you can continue the admissions process.


Once your application is filed, you must submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED and any college transcripts. You can download the forms you need below:

3. Complete or Exempt the Placement Test

Stop by your local Piedmont Tech location to take the placement test. Although appointments aren't required, please check the testing hours online and call Admissions at (864) 941-8369 or email us at to let us know when you're coming, and stop by our office in Room 103B on the Greenwood Campus when you arrive to check in.

To schedule a test appointment at any other PTC location, contact your local campus.

Unless waived by college personnel, you will need to take the placement test. Visit our Testing Center Web Site for more information on test exemptions and sample test questions.

4. Attend Advisement/Registration

Contact a campus near you to meet with an enrollment advisor and plan your schedule of classes. After your conversation, you'll register for classes and receive a printed schedule and a statement for tuition and fees.

5. Attend an Orientation Program

Our new student orientation will provide you with the information you need to make your college experience a positive one. Click here for more details about our live and online options. 

Other Reminders:

  • Obtain your PTC Identification Card and purchase your books and supplies at the PTC Campus Shop or online at Books are also available for purchase at any County Campus.  Please check for dates and times.

  • Pay your tuition and fees by the assigned deadline to avoid being dropped from classes.  Note that as a DACA recipient, you are not eligible for state or federal financial aid, including Pell grants, lottery, loans, etc. DACA recipients must also pay the out-of-state tuition rate. See the Financial Aid section of the website for complete information on tuition and fees.

  • The DACA program is new, and how the state of South Carolina interprets this program is subject to change. Furthermore, immigration reform is constantly under discussion, so DACA students should stay up-to-date about their rights and obligations as this area of law continues to evolve.


>>For more information on the DACA program, click here.


Need help?

Stop by any of our seven campus locations, or just give us a call. The main admissions office is located on the Greenwood Campus.

Room 103B, Greenwood Campus | Phone: (864) 941-8369