Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Anderson University is $24,290 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 12% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 41% more expensive than the average South Carolina tuition of $17,257 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 30th in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 8th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,680 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $26,970.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,680 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Anderson should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,900 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,410 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to AU was $42,550 for the 2017/2018 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 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Anderson University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Anderson University
Estimated Budgets
South Carolina Resident Total Budget $42,550
   In-State Tuition$24,290
   Other Fees$2,680
   Room and Board$9,680
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,900
   Books and Supplies$2,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $42,550
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,290
   Other Fees$2,680
   Room and Board$9,680
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,900
   Books and Supplies$2,000


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 $42,550 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 AU net price for in-state students is $18,051* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

95% of Anderson University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $18,799. 29 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 $3,856. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Anderson University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Anderson University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,051*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid95%
Average Total Grant Aid$18,799
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants29%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,856

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$13,980
$30,001 to $48,000$14,674
$48,001 to $75,000$16,294
$75,001 to $110,000$17,981

Average Financial Aid Mix - $42,550 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $42,550. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $18,799

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

Federal Loans

 14% - $5,223

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

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $14,628

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.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Anderson University
Gardner Webb University24.8% more expensive
Milligan College14% more expensive
Catawba College23.2% more expensive
Piedmont International University63.6% less expensive
Savannah College of Art and Design47.8% 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 Anderson University.

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 AU is $170,200 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 $15,517 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $62,068**

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 $212,750 or $77,585 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

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 Anderson University.

South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,145
South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$21,275

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 Anderson University 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 Anderson University
Price per credit hour$605
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,815
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$2,420


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. 88% of Anderson University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,223. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,820.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Anderson University? 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 $62,068, 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 $77,012.15. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Anderson University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 95% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,517. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Anderson University 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.

Anderson University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$641.77
Amount Borrowed$62,068.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,944.15
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$77,012.15

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend AU? 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 Anderson University, 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 $77,012.15 would be needed to afford a $641.77 monthly payment in the example $62,068.00 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 Anderson University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $20,020 to $24,290. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.3%. 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 $170,200.00. 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 Anderson University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$58,516$234,065
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$74,683$298,732
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $95,317$381,267
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $110,341$441,364

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Anderson University 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
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 41 23% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 26 23% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 25 21% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 17 22% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 12 5% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 11 20% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 9 7% costlier
Organizational Behavior Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 0% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 21% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 7 10% costlier
Christian Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 6 33% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 6 20% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 1% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 5 13% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 12% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Musical Theatre Bachelor's Degree 4 0% costlier
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 25% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 4% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 20% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 0% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Behavioral Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 64% costlier
History Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier


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About Anderson University

Anderson University is a four year private college located in Anderson, South Carolina.  The school is affiliated with the Baptist faith.  Full time enrollment is 2,690 and part time is 742.

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

Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, South Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Anderson University is a private not for profit institution.

Anderson University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217633 IPEDS survey data.