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CofC Tuition & Cost

Charleston, South Carolina

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State South Carolina Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for College of Charleston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,262
Other Fees$460
Room and Board $12,959
Other Expenses Budget$3,954
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for College of Charleston
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,262
Other Fees$460
Room and Board $12,959
Other Expenses Budget$3,954

In-state tuition at College of Charleston for undergraduate students residing in South Carolina is $12,518. Room and board charges total $12,959 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,262 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $460 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,954 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending College of Charleston full time should expect a total annual cost of $31,153.

Undergraduate tuition at College of Charleston is $33,978 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $12,959 for room and board, $1,262 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $460. Students are advised to budget $3,954 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $52,613. This figure is 68.9% higher than what South Carolina residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending College of Charleston, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income College of Charleston
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$14,750
$30,001 to $48,000$16,208
$48,001 to $75,000$20,142
$75,001 to $110,000$22,968

The average reported annual net price for College of Charleston for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $20,351 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

85% of full-time undergrad College of Charleston received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $10,268 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 40% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,383 and 10% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $18,095.

Finanical Aid College of Charleston
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $10,268 85%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $8,549 54%
Pell Grants $4,467 21%
Other Federal Grants $811 53%
State and Local Grants $5,162 48%
Federal Student Loans $5,383 40%
Other Student Loans $18,095 10%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to College of Charleston, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $64,076. The loan balance of $64,076 is a four year multiple of the $16,019 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $679 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $64,076
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $679.31
Total Interest Paid $17,441.47
Sum of All Loan Payments $81,517.47

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
Year South Carolina Residents Non Residents
1 $31,153 $52,613
2 $1,139,132 $1,923,832
3 $41,653,164 $70,346,289
4 $1,523,077,700 $2,572,262,287

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at College of Charleston to be $124,612 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3,556.6% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at College of Charleston
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
South Carolina Residents $522 $1,566 $2,088
Out of State Residents $1,416 $4,248 $5,664

Estimated cost for a class at College of Charleston based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at College of Charleston versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

College of Charleston Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217819 IPEDS survey data for College of Charleston.