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Tuition and Aid

College is challenging in many ways but paying for it shouldn’t be. We work to make your education as affordable as it can be while helping you navigate the financial side every step of the way.

Your high school academics are one path to tuition-lowering scholarships and grants. Another is your need-based qualification for financial aid. Whether you’re a first-generation student or multi-generational legacy Gamecock, investigate financial aid options that may be available for you. For full consideration of all resources, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid which opens annually October 1. It must be completed by April 1.

 

Estimated Cost

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SC Resident Undergraduate Students

How much you pay for college depends on many factors. More than 97% of our freshmen receive scholarships and financial aid. Here you’ll see an estimate of in-state tuition and other costs for the 2021-22 academic year.

2021-2022 Estimated Cost

Expense Estimated Cost
Tuition and Technology Fee* $12,688
Housing $8,654
Meals $4,254
Books and Supplies $1,226
Total $26,822

 

* Some academic programs, majors and classes have additional fees.

Nonresident Undergraduate Students

The college experience from the University of South Carolina lasts beyond your time here. To gain this experience, many students earn scholarships and receive financial aid to help with costs. Below you’ll see an estimate of nonresident tuition and other costs for the 2021-22 academic year.

2021-2022 Estimated Cost

Expense Estimated Cost
Tuition and Technology Fee* $33,928
Housing $8,654
Meals $4,254
Books and Supplies $1,226
Total $48,062

 

* Some academic programs, majors and classes have additional fees.

Individual costs will vary based on things like your choice of residence hall or meal plan. You can get a better estimate of your costs using our cost calculator. The Bursar’s Office maintains a complete listing of our tuition, fees and other charges and can answer your questions about fee payment.

Nearly all incoming freshmen at South Carolina receive some form of financial aid as do more than 90% of undergraduate students.

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Paying for College

Access a range of financial aid options to help reduce the out-of-pocket cost of earning your university degree. The university's financial aid team can help you evaluate your costs and connect you with resources that meet your unique financial needs.

Work on Campus

Strengthen your resume and meet your academic goals through the work-study program or part-time employment. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Career Center work closely to provide meaningful opportunities for you to get a head start on your career.

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Become a Gamecock!

Choosing where you’ll go to college is just one step toward your academic goals. Take another by starting your University of South Carolina application online today.

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