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University of South Carolina-Columbia Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$19,925 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$10,088 tuition
$8,459 on campus room & board
$978 books
$400 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$37,081 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$27,244 tuition
$8,459 on campus room & board
$978 books
$400 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$4,069 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
92% of students receive aid
20% get federal aid ($4,415 avg)
55% get state aid ($5,159 avg)
63% get institn'l aid ($4,069 avg)
47% get loans ($6,698 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.64% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 5.22% 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 $7,220 87%
Federal Grant Aid $4,415 20%
Pell Grants $4,160 20%
Other Federal Grants $1,546 4%
Institution Grant Aid $4,069 63%
State Grant Aid $5,159 55%
Student Loans $6,698 47%
Federal Loans $5,368 47%
Other Loans $11,361 6%

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 $421
Out of State $1,136


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Julia from South Carolina
  • Jan-05-2015 I am a current student here

    I visited over 50 schools and considered countless more, from small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, to large public schools on the West Coast, to SEC schools. I know I truly made the right decision coming here and hope that anyone considering coming to the University of South Carolina will visit and take a walk around the Horseshoe. The financial aid office will help out more than you know. I come from a high income, upper middle class family and qualified for no financial aid. However, my parents weren't able to pay much of my tuition, due to medical bills for my grandmother. I talked with the financial aid office one day and they helped me by giving me multiple resources through the scholarships available, career center appointments for help with job searches, and even study abroad advice. Study abroad gets you in-state tuition for the time spent away, so it costs no more than a regular semester.

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  • 4
  • Scott from NC
  • Nov-07-2014 I am a current student here

    Scholarships are widely available to both in-state and out-of-state students, making USC very affordable.

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