Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

College of Charleston tuition is $70 per year for in-state residents. This is 99% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 100% cheaper than the average South Carolina tuition of $17,257 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 1st in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 37th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $70 which represents a 0% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $12,352 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,422.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,048 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Charleston should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,211.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,988 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,988 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state South Carolina residents to go to College of Charleston is $29,669 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have South Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $29,669.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for College of Charleston and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for College of Charleston
Estimated Budgets
South Carolina Resident Total Budget $29,669
   In-State Tuition$70
   Other Fees$12,352
   Room and Board$12,048
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,988
   Books and Supplies$1,211
Non-Resident Total Budget $29,669
   Out-of-State Tuition$70
   Other Fees$12,352
   Room and Board$12,048
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,988
   Books and Supplies$1,211


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $29,669 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported College of Charleston net price for in-state students is $17,609* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of College of Charleston students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,301. 23 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,250. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend College of Charleston, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for College of Charleston
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,609*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,301
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants23%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,250

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$12,819
$30,001 to $48,000$15,182
$48,001 to $75,000$17,709
$75,001 to $110,000$19,766

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,669 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,669. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 36% - $9,301

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, College of Charleston or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,621

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 42% -  $10,759

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. College of Charleston
Citadel Military College of South Carolina7.1% more expensive
Coastal Carolina University15,642.9% more expensive
Georgia Southern University5,991.4% more expensive
Winthrop University21,142.9% more expensive
Georgia College & State University10,362.9% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at College of Charleston.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at College of Charleston is $118,676 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $16,019 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $64,076**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $148,345 or $80,095 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at College of Charleston.

South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$35
South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,834
Non-South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$35
Non-South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,834

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at College of Charleston are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at College of Charleston
Price per credit hour for South Carolina residents$500
Cost for one class for South Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$1,500
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,266
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,798
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,064


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 43% of College of Charleston students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,621.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for College of Charleston? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $64,076, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $79,503.62. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at College of Charleston. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,019. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our College of Charleston student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

College of Charleston Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$662.53
Amount Borrowed$64,076.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,427.62
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$79,503.62

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend College of Charleston? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending College of Charleston, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $79,503.62 would be needed to afford a $662.53 monthly payment in the example $64,076.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to College of Charleston in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $118,676.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for College of Charleston.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$40,802$163,207
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$52,075$208,298
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $66,462$265,847
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $76,938$307,751

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at College of Charleston to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 72 28% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 58 14% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 46 14% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 40 28% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 38 16% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 33 34% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 18% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 31 28% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 28 20% cheaper
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 25 29% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 25 17% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 29% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 17 44% cheaper
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 17 13% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 15 28% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 12 27% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 11 37% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 10 40% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 8 26% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 8 19% cheaper
Fine and Studio Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 8 31% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 7 29% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 31% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 5 20% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 5 25% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 5 34% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 5 29% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 28% cheaper
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 31% cheaper
Historic Preservation and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 3 29% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 36% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 38% cheaper
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 40% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 37% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 32% cheaper


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About College of Charleston

College of Charleston is a four year public college located in Charleston, South Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 9,815 and part time is 1,479.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

College of Charleston
66 George St
Charleston, South Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

College of Charleston is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

College of Charleston cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217819 IPEDS survey data.