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University of South Carolina-Columbia Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$22,177 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$11,054 tuition
$9,700 on campus room & board
$1,023 books and supplies
$400 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$41,605 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$30,482 tuition
$9,700 on campus room & board
$1,023 books and supplies
$400 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$2,967 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
91% of students receive aid
18% get federal aid ($4,485 avg)
48% get state aid ($5,313 avg)
58% get institn'l aid ($2,967 avg)
46% get loans ($7,631 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 1.94% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.68% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $5,938 85%
Federal Grant Aid $4,485 18%
Pell Grants $4,254 18%
Other Federal Grants $1,235 4%
Institution Grant Aid $2,967 58%
State Grant Aid $5,313 48%
Student Loans $7,631 46%
Federal Loans $5,566 45%
Other Loans $13,521 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: April 1
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Does University of South Carolina-Columbia offer...
Other Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
512 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $477
Out of State $1,287


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • Jun-08-2016 I am a current student here

    usc is really good about scholarships, but they fall a bit flat on financial aid. i'm lower middle class and my parents can't contribute, so i expected to get a lot more money. with the loans i was eligible for, i was about $6,000 short. outside scholarships helped me a lot.

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  • Cassandra from Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Jan-04-2016 I am a current student here

    I am an in-state student and with scholarships, I am almost going for free. The only things I pay for are rent and food. I live off campus now too which is a lot cheaper than on campus. Overall, I'd say I a getting my money's worth!

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  • Sydney from Greater Atlanta, GA
  • Dec-10-2015 I am a current student here

    Higher tuition rates than some schools, but there are SEVERAL scholarship opportunities to be taken advantage of if you apply to things early. As a student you also get to see how a lot of your tuition dollars go back to you outside of the classroom. Several amenities, several events going on weekly put on by the school, and there are also almost always freebies on campus. Good return on investment because there are also constant networking opportunities. Several top employers are flown in to recruit at job fairs throughout the year.

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