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UofSC Tuition & Cost

Columbia, South Carolina

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State South Carolina Resident Sticker Price
$28,829
In State Costs for University of South Carolina Columbia
Fee Cost
Tuition$12,288
Books and Supplies$1,085
Other Fees$400
Room and Board $10,670
Other Expenses Budget$4,386
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
$50,069
Out of State Costs for University of South Carolina Columbia
Fee Cost
Tuition$33,528
Books and Supplies$1,085
Other Fees$400
Room and Board $10,670
Other Expenses Budget$4,386

Residents of South Carolina pay an annual total price of $28,829 to attend University of South Carolina Columbia on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $12,288 for tuition, $10,670 room and board, $1,085 for books and supplies and $400 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $50,069 which is 73.7% higher than South Carolina residents. The tuition charge is $33,528 while room and board is $10,670, books and supplies are $1,085 and other fees come in at $400.

All price data is sourced from the 2019/2020 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend University of South Carolina Columbia when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2018/2019
$21,787
Net Price by Income University of South Carolina Columbia
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$12,426
$30,001 to $48,000$16,111
$48,001 to $75,000$20,783
$75,001 to $110,000$22,382
$110,000+$24,449

The average reported annual net price for University of South Carolina Columbia for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $21,787 in 2018/2019. 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

91% of full-time undergrad University of South Carolina Columbia received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $6,258 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 48% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,377 and 11% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $16,027.

Finanical Aid University of South Carolina Columbia
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $6,258 91%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $2,836 68%
Pell Grants $4,827 18%
Other Federal Grants $1,959 3%
State and Local Grants $5,609 50%
Federal Student Loans $5,377 48%
Other Student Loans $16,027 11%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to University of South Carolina Columbia, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $61,948. The loan balance of $61,948 is a four year multiple of the $15,487 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 $591 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 2.75%.

Example Loan $61,948
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $591.05
Total Interest Paid $8,978.27
Sum of All Loan Payments $70,926.27

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price
$115,316
Year South Carolina Residents Non Residents
1 $28,829 $50,069
2 $29,649 $51,493
3 $30,492 $52,958
4 $31,360 $54,464

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at University of South Carolina Columbia to be $115,316 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 2.8% 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 University of South Carolina Columbia
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
South Carolina Residents $512 $1,536 $2,048
Out of State Residents $1,397 $4,191 $5,588

Estimated cost for a class at University of South Carolina Columbia 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 University of South Carolina Columbia versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

University of South Carolina Columbia Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218663 IPEDS survey data for University of South Carolina Columbia.