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Net Price of South Carolina Colleges by Income

Cost of South Carolina Colleges Zoom In

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2020

Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket. Net cost is the total cost of attendance minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Loans of any kind are not included. Figures are based on data from the 2017-18 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2020.

  • What is “Total Cost” on the chart?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    There are detailed chart below for each school that shows these expenses. Click here to go to the individual cost breakdown for schools.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. It's a good place to start until you better understand your specific circumstances. For example, let's say your income is $100,000 per year. This chart shows that the average state school would run $19,595 and the average private school would be $22,704. You can also get information on specific South Carolina schools in the chart above or the tables below.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will most likely pay close to full price at the public schools.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price but offer more discounts. This brings their net price much closer to the cost of state-funded schools.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seemed large, how can families afford to pay it?

    For many families paying for college is not easy, but in the end they figure out. Most families will pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • college savings and investments
    • payments from current income
    • loans
    • outside scholarships (check out our Scholarship Guide For Busy Parents, which describes how you and your student can win scholarships for college and save money!)
    • tax planning
    • student work
Cost of South Carolina Schools Explanation

Net Price:

Net price is the total cost of attendance minus the average amount of government grants and institutional scholarships awarded. This is an average, so you may pay above the average or below the average. Your exact net price is likely to be different and sometimes drastically different.

Most families will pay the net price with some combination of savings and investments, current income and various loans. Some students will also receive scholarships from sources other than the federal or state government or the college. Any scholarships and grants from these outside sources are not included in the data. However, government grants and institutional scholarships are included in the averages.

Total Cost at University of South Carolina-Columbia (2017-18)
Tuition and Fees $11,862
Room and Board $10,008
Books $1,044
Other Expenses $4,148
Total $27,062

Total Cost:

Total cost is the total cost of attendance for that particular institution for the 2017-18 school year. This is the latest data available as of January 2020. Total costs include:

  • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
  • Room and board (on campus)
  • Books and supplies
  • Other expenses (travel and personal)

College Total Cost
Family Income SC Public $26,692 SC Private $41,540
$0 - $30k $13,155 $17,427
$30,001 – $48k $14,993 $18,191
$48,001 – $75k $18,146 $20,496
$75,001 – $110k $19,595 $22,704
$110,001+ $20,259 $24,794

Public vs. Private Averages

This table shows the average total cost of attendance for the South Carolina public and private colleges we have included in our analysis. The costs include a breakdown of the average net price paid by family income. Notice that the average private college is $3,000-$5,000 more than the average public school, depending on your income bracket. It is important to stress that these are averages. Most families will not be average, and their individual circumstances could be drastically different. I encourage all families to work with their preferred colleges to get information specific to their family.

Below are similar charts for each individual private and public college in South Carolina. Click a school to view its complete chart.

Public SC Schools Cost Breakdown

  • College of Charleston

    Charleston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,422 $12,838
    Room and Board $12,048 $12,166
    Books $1,211 $1,218
    Other Expenses $3,988 $4,017
    Total $29,669 $30,239
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,974 $15,262
    $30,001 - $48k $16,570 $16,888
    $48,001 - $75k $20,145 $20,532
    $75,001 - $110k $22,268 $22,696
    $110,001+ $22,741 $23,178
  • Citadel Military College of South Carolina

    Charleston
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,056 $12,516
    Room and Board $6,600 $6,904
    Books $7,795 $7,950
    Other Expenses $2,292 $2,293
    Total $28,743 $29,663
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $8,760 $9,040
    $30,001 - $48k $14,993 $15,473
    $48,001 - $75k $18,962 $19,569
    $75,001 - $110k $21,669 $22,363
    $110,001+ $21,599 $22,290
  • Clemson University

    Clemson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $15,116 $15,374
    Room and Board $9,592 $10,832
    Books $1,346 $1,392
    Other Expenses $3,520 $3,672
    Total $29,574 $31,270
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,131 $13,884
    $30,001 - $48k $14,199 $15,013
    $48,001 - $75k $18,356 $19,409
    $75,001 - $110k $20,369 $21,537
    $110,001+ $21,052 $22,259
  • Francis Marion University

    Florence
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,742 $11,976
    Room and Board $7,948 $8,211
    Books $1,008 $1,030
    Other Expenses $3,544 $3,637
    Total $23,242 $24,854
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $9,743 $10,419
    $30,001 - $48k $10,824 $11,575
    $48,001 - $75k $14,424 $15,424
    $75,001 - $110k $15,916 $17,020
    $110,001+ $17,925 $19,168
  • Lander University

    Greenwood
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,700 $11,700
    Room and Board $8,900 $9,100
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,700 $2,700
    Total $24,500 $24,700
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,653 $12,756
    $30,001 - $48k $13,391 $13,500
    $48,001 - $75k $15,294 $15,419
    $75,001 - $110k $17,343 $17,485
    $110,001+ $18,197 $18,346
  • University of South Carolina-Aiken

    Aiken
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,502 $10,760
    Room and Board $7,592 $7,766
    Books $1,706 $1,706
    Other Expenses $4,586 $4,586
    Total $24,386 $24,818
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,465 $12,686
    $30,001 - $48k $13,148 $13,381
    $48,001 - $75k $15,952 $16,235
    $75,001 - $110k $18,288 $18,612
    $110,001+ $17,961 $18,279
  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort

    Bluffton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,647 $10,730
    Room and Board $8,584 $9,186
    Books $1,213 $1,247
    Other Expenses $3,867 $3,979
    Total $24,311 $25,142
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $13,770 $14,241
    $30,001 - $48k $14,597 $15,096
    $48,001 - $75k $18,230 $18,853
    $75,001 - $110k $18,947 $19,595
    $110,001+ $19,735 $20,410
  • University of South Carolina-Columbia

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,862 $12,618
    Room and Board $10,008 $10,388
    Books $1,044 $1,065
    Other Expenses $4,148 $4,232
    Total $27,062 $28,303
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $10,819 $11,315
    $30,001 - $48k $15,090 $15,782
    $48,001 - $75k $19,566 $20,463
    $75,001 - $110k $21,363 $22,343
    $110,001+ $23,262 $24,329
  • Coastal Carolina University

    Conway
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,200 $11,716
    Room and Board $9,414 $9,452
    Books $1,170 $1,062
    Other Expenses $3,804 $3,290
    Total $25,588 $25,520
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,909 $12,875
    $30,001 - $48k $15,033 $14,993
    $48,001 - $75k $17,304 $17,258
    $75,001 - $110k $19,333 $19,282
    $110,001+ $20,670 $20,615
  • South Carolina State University

    Orangeburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $10,740 $11,060
    Room and Board $9,000 $9,000
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $8,000 $8,000
    Total $29,740 $30,060
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $20,488 $20,708
    $30,001 - $48k $21,919 $22,155
    $48,001 - $75k $24,045 $24,304
    $75,001 - $110k $26,906 $27,196
    $110,001+ $25,260 $25,532
  • University of South Carolina-Upstate

    Spartanburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $11,520 $11,852
    Room and Board $8,334 $8,394
    Books $1,600 $1,600
    Other Expenses $3,464 $3,596
    Total $24,918 $25,442
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $12,654 $12,920
    $30,001 - $48k $14,247 $14,547
    $48,001 - $75k $17,699 $18,071
    $75,001 - $110k $19,467 $19,876
    $110,001+ $19,728 $20,143
  • Winthrop University

    Rock Hill
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $15,220 $15,730
    Room and Board $9,118 $8,948
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $3,028 $3,060
    Total $28,566 $28,938
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,492 $15,694
    $30,001 - $48k $15,908 $16,115
    $48,001 - $75k $17,778 $18,010
    $75,001 - $110k $20,583 $20,851
    $110,001+ $19,982 $20,242

Private SC Schools Cost Breakdown

  • Allen University

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $13,040 $12,940
    Room and Board $6,880 $7,230
    Books $1,308 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,500 $2,000
    Total $23,728 $23,170
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,106 $13,774
    $30,001 - $48k $15,370 $15,009
    $48,001 - $75k $16,697 $16,304
    $75,001 - $110k $18,389 $17,957
    $110,001+ $18,031 $17,607
  • Anderson University

    Anderson
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $26,970 $28,000
    Room and Board $9,680 $9,830
    Books $2,000 $2,000
    Other Expenses $3,280 $3,280
    Total $41,930 $43,110
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,459 $18,978
    $30,001 - $48k $18,653 $19,178
    $48,001 - $75k $20,934 $21,523
    $75,001 - $110k $22,532 $23,166
    $110,001+ $23,707 $24,374
  • Charleston Southern

    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $24,840 $25,540
    Room and Board $9,900 $10,200
    Books $1,400 $1,400
    Other Expenses $3,800 $3,800
    Total $39,940 $40,940
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,406 $15,792
    $30,001 - $48k $15,448 $15,835
    $48,001 - $75k $17,056 $17,483
    $75,001 - $110k $19,813 $20,309
    $110,001+ $21,651 $22,193
  • Benedict College

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $19,958 $16,600
    Room and Board $8,924 $6,200
    Books $2,000 $1,000
    Other Expenses $2,100 $4,200
    Total $32,982 $28,000
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,245 $20,583
    $30,001 - $48k $26,112 $22,168
    $48,001 - $75k $27,806 $23,606
    $75,001 - $110k $23,118 $19,626
    $110,001+ $19,843 $16,846
  • Claflin University

    Orangeburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $16,480 $16,854
    Room and Board $9,112 $9,294
    Books $1,850 $1,850
    Other Expenses $5,200 $5,200
    Total $32,642 $33,198
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $19,440 $19,771
    $30,001 - $48k $20,524 $20,874
    $48,001 - $75k $15,375 $15,637
    $75,001 - $110k $24,525 $24,943
    $110,001+ $17,474 $17,772
  • Coker College

    Hartsville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $28,684 $29,548
    Room and Board $8,824 $9,090
    Books $1,513 $1,800
    Other Expenses $1,122 $1,610
    Total $40,143 $42,048
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,418 $16,150
    $30,001 - $48k $15,169 $15,889
    $48,001 - $75k $16,583 $17,370
    $75,001 - $110k $22,269 $23,326
    $110,001+ $23,115 $24,212
  • Columbia International University

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $22,390 $23,690
    Room and Board $7,990 $8,150
    Books $600 $600
    Other Expenses $3,710 $3,710
    Total $34,690 $36,150
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,010 $17,726
    $30,001 - $48k $12,730 $13,266
    $48,001 - $75k $16,390 $17,080
    $75,001 - $110k $19,566 $20,389
    $110,001+ $23,028 $23,997
  • Columbia College

    Columbia
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $19,500 $19,500
    Room and Board $7,900 $7,900
    Books $1,203 $1,203
    Other Expenses $4,518 $4,520
    Total $33,121 $33,123
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $14,387 $14,388
    $30,001 - $48k $14,872 $14,873
    $48,001 - $75k $18,311 $18,312
    $75,001 - $110k $17,226 $17,227
    $110,001+ $18,892 $18,893
  • Converse College

    Spartanburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $17,680 $18,340
    Room and Board $10,610 $10,930
    Books $1,350 $1,350
    Other Expenses $4,550 $3,610
    Total $34,190 $34,230
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,971 $15,990
    $30,001 - $48k $17,969 $17,990
    $48,001 - $75k $19,124 $19,146
    $75,001 - $110k $20,153 $20,177
    $110,001+ $21,375 $21,400
  • Erskine College

    Due West
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $35,245 $36,150
    Room and Board $11,350 $11,350
    Books $2,000 $2,100
    Other Expenses $3,500 $3,900
    Total $52,095 $53,500
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $21,136 $21,706
    $30,001 - $48k $32,242 $33,112
    $48,001 - $75k $39,242 $40,300
    $75,001 - $110k $34,538 $35,469
    $110,001+ $38,660 $39,703
  • Furman University

    Greenville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $48,348 $49,532
    Room and Board $12,158 $12,712
    Books $1,230 $810
    Other Expenses $1,970 $1,970
    Total $63,706 $65,024
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $11,788 $12,032
    $30,001 - $48k $20,291 $20,711
    $48,001 - $75k $21,798 $22,249
    $75,001 - $110k $27,486 $28,055
    $110,001+ $36,078 $36,824
  • Limestone College

    Gaffney
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,025 $25,025
    Room and Board $8,808 $8,808
    Books $2,304 $2,304
    Other Expenses $4,864 $4,864
    Total $41,001 $41,001
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $23,067 $23,067
    $30,001 - $48k $21,847 $21,847
    $48,001 - $75k $25,147 $25,147
    $75,001 - $110k $23,873 $23,873
    $110,001+ $27,535 $27,535
  • Newberry College

    Newberry
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $25,900 $26,424
    Room and Board $10,142 $10,666
    Books $850 $756
    Other Expenses $3,362 $3,353
    Total $40,254 $41,199
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $24,554 $25,130
    $30,001 - $48k $17,107 $17,509
    $48,001 - $75k $19,583 $20,043
    $75,001 - $110k $21,460 $21,964
    $110,001+ $22,497 $23,025
  • North Greenville University

    Tigerville
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $19,150 $19,750
    Room and Board $10,240 $10,240
    Books $2,200 $2,244
    Other Expenses $4,410 $4,448
    Total $36,000 $36,682
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $18,557 $18,909
    $30,001 - $48k $16,458 $16,770
    $48,001 - $75k $21,383 $21,788
    $75,001 - $110k $21,112 $21,512
    $110,001+ $22,451 $22,876
  • Presbyterian College

    Clinton
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $37,842 $38,660
    Room and Board $10,298 $10,480
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,570 $2,570
    Total $51,910 $52,910
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $15,350 $15,646
    $30,001 - $48k $15,223 $15,516
    $48,001 - $75k $17,279 $17,612
    $75,001 - $110k $21,748 $22,167
    $110,001+ $26,644 $27,157
  • Voorhees College

    Denmark
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $12,630 $12,630
    Room and Board $7,346 $7,346
    Books $1,500 $1,500
    Other Expenses $4,860 $4,860
    Total $26,336 $26,336
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $17,234 $17,234
    $30,001 - $48k $19,151 $19,151
    $48,001 - $75k $23,685 $23,685
    $75,001 - $110k $26,044 $26,044
    $110,001+ $26,377 $26,377
  • Wofford College

    Spartanburg
    Year 2017-18 2018-19
    Tuition and Fees $41,955 $43,985
    Room and Board $12,140 $12,685
    Books $1,200 $1,200
    Other Expenses $2,454 $2,493
    Total $57,749 $60,363
    Family Income Net Cost (Actual) Net Cost (Estimated)
    $0-$30k $16,751 $17,509
    $30,001 - $48k $18,955 $19,813
    $48,001 - $75k $22,541 $23,561
    $75,001 - $110k $25,871 $27,042
    $110,001+ $30,772 $32,165
 

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