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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began a phase out of the DACA program. For more details about this decision, see the full announcement.

Listed below are the steps to enroll at FDTC.

  1. Apply for Admission

Please Note: FDTC 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. 

  1. Submit the following official documentation to the Admissions Office
  • Employment Authorization Card
  • “Valid for Work Only” Social Security Card
  1. Submit Your Transcripts

Once your application is filed, you must submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED and any college transcripts. All applicants are required to have official transcripts sent to Florence-Darlington Technical College. Transcripts may be delivered by mail, email or in person. If delivered in person the transcript must be sealed. If delivered via email, the transcripts must come directly from the academic institution. Please review the following for more specific transcript submission details.

  • All Official College Transcriptsshould be submitted to the Admissions Office. 
    • Email Submissions:
    • Mail Submissions: Attn: Admissions Office, P.O. Box 100548 Florence, SC 29502
  • All Official High School Transcriptsand GED Transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Contact the issuing institution to have copies sent to Florence-Darlington Technical College.
    • Email Submissions:
    • Mail Submissions: Attn: Admissions Office, P.O. Box 100548 Florence, SC 29502

Note: Although FDTC prefers your official transcript for more accurate course placement, the college will accept your original High School/GED diploma as verification in lieu of the official transcript for Admission purposes. Diplomas must be delivered in person to the Admissions Office. Note that an official transcript may still be required to receive certain forms of financial aid.

If you completed college/university coursework outside of the United States, your transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES)

  1. Complete or exempt the Placement Test

The college placement test must be completed at the main FDTC campus location in Florence, South Carolina. Unless waived by college personnel, you will need to take the placement test. 

To schedule a test appointment at any other FDTC location, contact your school.

Once you have completed your Placement Test, be sure to speak with an Admissions Counselor to confirm you are ready for advising and registration.


  • 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.
  • 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.

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