Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Charleston Southern University is $24,800 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 11% cheaper than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. The cost is 44% more expensive than the average South Carolina tuition of $17,257 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 31st in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 7th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $40 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $24,840.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,900 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 $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,800 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,800 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to CSU was $39,940 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 Charleston Southern University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Charleston Southern University
Estimated Budgets
South Carolina Resident Total Budget $39,940
   In-State Tuition$24,800
   Other Fees$40
   Room and Board$9,900
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,800
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Non-Resident Total Budget $39,940
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,800
   Other Fees$40
   Room and Board$9,900
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,800
   Books and Supplies$1,400


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 $39,940 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 CSU net price for in-state students is $17,561* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

98% of Charleston Southern University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $16,938. 48 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 $4,161. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Charleston Southern University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Charleston Southern University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$17,561*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid98%
Average Total Grant Aid$16,938
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants48%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,161

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$17,676
$30,001 to $48,000$18,750
$48,001 to $75,000$17,498
$75,001 to $110,000$16,320

Average Financial Aid Mix - $39,940 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $39,940. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 47% - $16,938

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

Federal Loans

 17% - $6,227

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

Out of Pocket

 36% -  $12,975

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. Charleston Southern University
Claflin University36.1% less expensive
Coker College14.8% more expensive
Methodist University31.1% more expensive
Pfeiffer University15.2% more expensive
Campbell University20.6% 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 Charleston Southern 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 CSU is $159,760 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 $15,362 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $61,448**

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 $199,700 or $76,810 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 Charleston Southern 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 Charleston Southern University
Price per credit hour$490
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$1,470
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$1,960


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. 76% of Charleston Southern University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,227.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Charleston Southern 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 $61,448, 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 $76,242.88. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Charleston Southern University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 98% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,362. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Charleston Southern 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.

Charleston Southern University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$635.36
Amount Borrowed$61,448.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,794.88
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$76,242.88

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend CSU? 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 Charleston Southern 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 $76,242.88 would be needed to afford a $635.36 monthly payment in the example $61,448.00 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 Charleston Southern University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $21,400 to $24,800. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.2%. 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 $159,760.00. 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 Charleston Southern University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$54,927$219,707
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$70,102$280,408
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $89,470$357,880
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $103,573$414,291

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Charleston Southern 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
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 67 18% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 37 18% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General Bachelor's Degree 35 11% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 31 11% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 13% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 19 15% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 19 10% costlier
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 19 4% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 12 7% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 12 16% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 6% costlier
European History Bachelor's Degree 7 13% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 5% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 5 6% costlier
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 4 5% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 3 14% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
Youth Ministry Bachelor's Degree 3 17% costlier
Religious/Sacred Music Bachelor's Degree 2 17% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 13% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 1% cheaper
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
American History United States Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper


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About Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University is a four year private college located in Charleston, South Carolina.  The school is affiliated with the Baptist faith.  Full time enrollment is 2,937 and part time is 679.

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

Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, South Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Charleston Southern University is a private not for profit institution.

Charleston Southern University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217688 IPEDS survey data.