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College of Nursing

Financial Aid

 Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged based on the number of credit hours taken in a given semester. You will also be charged a Health Professions Fee and Technology Fee each semester, and in some semesters may be charged additional fees (such as laboratory fee and malpractice insurance fee) that are associated with certain courses.

Lab Fee Explanation

Graduate nursing school is very expensive, and the clinical component adds additional expenses in which fees are assessed. This Board of Trustee approved lab fee covers simulation lab with immersions, supplies, guest faculty for immersions, staff to ensure all regulatory, legal and compliance issues are met with your respective clinical sites (as each site differs), staff to assist with clinical placements, part time faculty hired (NP faculty) who assist our full time faculty in maintaining 1:6 ratio of oversight of clinical experiences (e.g., a faculty will have 6 students to evaluate the clinical site and preceptor, to reach out to you and assess your progress, etc.).  While students may not be currently in the simulation lab with immersions, the regulatory, legal and compliance portions are still occurring.  We are still contacting facilities to see if students can remain, processing clinical contracts, and assisting student with clinical placements for future terms. If you review the Bursar's website, you will see that this fee is assessed to each clinical course in your program.  Therefore, this fee will not be reimbursed, nor can it be reduced.

Please see the Academic Policies section of this handbook for Tuition Refund policies.

 Financial Assistance

The UofSC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship help you evaluate your costs and determine what type of financial aid support you need — loans, scholarships, grants or student employment. To be fully considered for all financial aid resources, you must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year and all of your paperwork must be received before the April 1 annual priority deadline.  You may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships directly with any financial aid questions: or 803-777-8134.

 The College of Nursing has one graduate scholarship application that is used for consideration for all eligible departmental scholarships in the college.   Each year, the online scholarship application will be available on our website in December and the application will be due no later than March 15th of the following year. The funding for the submitted application is effective for the upcoming academic year. College of Nursing award decisions are expected to be finalized and announced late July/early August of each year.

 In addition, as external scholarships are announced, this information is shared with students via Blackboard in the appropriate communities under Fellowship and External Scholarship Opportunities.

Scholarships, traineeships, and research funding opportunities may be available through the College, The Graduate School, the University and extramural sources.  

The Federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program is a federally subsidized loan to cover tuition, fees, books, laboratory experiences and other reasonable educational expenses.
The NFLP is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loans. To be eligible for the maximum 85 percent cancellation, the borrower must agree to serve as full-time or part-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing for a consecutive four-year period following graduation from the program.
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The College offers a limited number of graduate assistantships with stipends.  Tuition assistance for graduate assistantships is sometimes available to graduate students enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours during the fall and spring semesters; summer assistantships requires at least three (3) credit hours of enrollment. Contact the College of Nursing Human Resources Director for more information at (803) 777-6918.

Opportunities to participate on funded research programs may be available to full-time graduate students. This experience can be a valuable addition to a student’s studies. For further information the student may consult the Office of Research at (803) 777-6488 (Gene Brown).

 External Scholarship Opportunities

This comprehensive resource is provided through Choosing a career in nursing means you’ll be entering a meaningful field that has a positive outlook for job growth as well as increasing opportunities for advancement. However, it can take years of costly education to qualify as a nursing professional and figuring out how you’ll pay for school can be an overwhelming task.

This scholarship resource is provided through

This program is available to students in LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, BSN-to-MSN, or MSN-to-Doctorate programs. Applicants must be a member of AMSN.

ABA Therapy Scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in some field relating to research on autism spectrum disorder or clinical therapy positions (psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a variety of natural or applied sciences). $1,000 awarded semi-annually.

The AfterCollege-AACN Scholarship Fund supports students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing. Special consideration will be given to students in a graduate program with the goal of becoming a nurse educator; completing an RN to BSN or MSN program; and those enrolled in an accelerated nursing program.

To apply, visit the AfterCollege/AACN Nursing Scholarship Program page. Have questions about this scholarship? Contact at, and visit Official Scholarship Rules for full details!

Scholarship Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31



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