Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Converse College is $16,000 for the 2015/2016 academic year. This is 41% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $26,919. The cost is 6% cheaper than the average South Carolina tuition of $17,101 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 23rd in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 15th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,000 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $17,000.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,300 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Spartanburg should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,350.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,550 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $6,100 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Converse College was $33,200 for the 2015/2016 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of South Carolina residence status as there is no in-state discount.

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

Costs and Tuition for Converse College
Estimated Budgets
South Carolina Resident Total Budget $33,200
   In-State Tuition$16,000
   Other Fees$1,000
   Room and Board$10,300
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,550
   Books and Supplies$1,350
Non-Resident Total Budget $33,200
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,000
   Other Fees$1,000
   Room and Board$10,300
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,550
   Books and Supplies$1,350


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 $33,200 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 Converse College net price for in-state students is $17,826* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Converse College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $23,066. 47 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 $4,066. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Converse College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Converse College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,826*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$23,066
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants47%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,066

Average Net Price 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$16,903
$30,001 to $48,000$15,785
$48,001 to $75,000$17,748
$75,001 to $110,000$20,508

Average Financial Aid Mix - $33,200 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $33,200. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 81% - $23,066

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $6,311

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

Out of Pocket

 -3% -  ($727)

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for 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.

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 Converse College.

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 Converse College is $132,800 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 $16,377 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $65,508**

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 $166,000 or $81,885 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for 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

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 Converse College 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 Converse College
Price per credit hour$875
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$2,625
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$3,500


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. 86% of Converse College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,311. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,995.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Converse College? 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 $65,508, 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 $81,280.41. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Converse College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 100% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,377. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Converse College 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.

Converse College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$677.34
Amount Borrowed$65,508.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$15,772.41
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$81,280.41

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Converse College? 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 Converse College, 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 $81,280.41 would be needed to afford a $677.34 monthly payment in the example $65,508.00 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 Converse College 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 4 year cost of $132,800.00. 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 Converse College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$45,658$182,631
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$58,272$233,089
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $74,372$297,487
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $86,094$344,378

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Converse College 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
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 16 12% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 12 12% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 12 13% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 11 3% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 1% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 10 18% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 9 1% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 14% cheaper
Art Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 6 21% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 5 28% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 18% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 4 5% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 12% cheaper
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 2 2% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation Bachelor's Degree 2 10% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 1 24% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 1 23% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 3% cheaper


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About Converse College

Converse College is a four year private college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 952 and part time is 368.

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

Converse College
580 E Main St
Spartanburg, South Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Converse College is a private not for profit institution.

Converse College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217961 IPEDS survey data.