Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Clemson University tuition is $13,752 per year for in-state residents. This is 95% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 20% cheaper than the average South Carolina tuition of $17,257 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 21st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $34,694 which represents a 152% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,364 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $15,116.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,592 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Clemson should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,346.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,520 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,520 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state South Carolina residents to go to Clemson University is $29,574 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have South Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $50,516.

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

Costs and Tuition for Clemson University
Estimated Budgets
South Carolina Resident Total Budget $29,574
   In-State Tuition$13,752
   Other Fees$1,364
   Room and Board$9,592
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,520
   Books and Supplies$1,346
Non-Resident Total Budget $50,516
   Out-of-State Tuition$34,694
   Other Fees$1,364
   Room and Board$9,592
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,520
   Books and Supplies$1,346


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 $29,574 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 Clemson University net price for in-state students is $16,799* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of Clemson University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,986. 15 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 $4,289. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Clemson University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Clemson University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,799*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,986
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants15%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,289

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$11,581
$30,001 to $48,000$13,327
$48,001 to $75,000$16,488
$75,001 to $110,000$18,306

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,574 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,574. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 38% - $9,986

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $5,555

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

Out of Pocket

 40% -  $10,513

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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Clemson University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 87/100 for Clemson University. Considering an average net price paid of $16,697, this leads to an overall value ranking of 80/100. This places the school 38th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Clemson University
University of Georgia30.5% less expensive
North Carolina State University at Raleigh52.5% less expensive
University of Florida67.4% less expensive
Ohio State University29.3% less expensive
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus31.8% 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 Clemson 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 Clemson University is $118,296 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 $16,697 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $66,788**

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 $147,870 or $83,485 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 Clemson University.

South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,876
South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,787
Non-South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$17,347
Non-South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$25,258

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 Clemson 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 Clemson University
Price per credit hour for South Carolina residents$630
Cost for one class for South Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$1,890
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,540
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$4,620
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$6,160


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 Clemson University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,555. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $34,114.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Clemson 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 $66,788, 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 $82,868.59. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Clemson University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $16,697. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Clemson 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.

Clemson University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$690.57
Amount Borrowed$66,788.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$16,080.59
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$82,868.59

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Clemson University? 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 Clemson 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 $82,868.59 would be needed to afford a $690.57 monthly payment in the example $66,788.00 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 Clemson University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $11,870 to $13,752. 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 in-state 4 year cost of $118,296.00. 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 Clemson University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$40,671$162,685
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$51,908$207,631
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $66,249$264,996
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $76,692$306,766

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Clemson 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 and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 247 46% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 169 39% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 156 19% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 146 41% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 142 19% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 134 30% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 127 36% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 120 49% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 80 35% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 70 13% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 68 38% costlier
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 67 13% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 67 29% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 64 42% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 57 6% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 57 37% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 55 36% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 55 1% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 53 25% costlier
Construction Management Bachelor's Degree 53 43% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 52 20% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 49 10% costlier
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 47 11% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 45 38% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 41 26% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 36 28% costlier
Packaging Science Bachelor's Degree 32 15% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 31 46% costlier
Animal Genetics Bachelor's Degree 29 7% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 25 25% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 24 42% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 23 19% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 22 24% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 20 21% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 19 8% costlier
Aquaculture Bachelor's Degree 18 12% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 18 29% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 17 36% costlier
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 16 24% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 16 22% costlier
Agricultural Economics Bachelor's Degree 14 33% costlier
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 19% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 5% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 15% costlier
Agricultural Business and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 12 47% costlier
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 12 20% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 11 22% costlier
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 11 37% costlier
Pre-Pharmacy Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 30% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 23% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 48% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 17% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 53% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 29% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 43% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 4 27% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 23% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Operations Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 3 55% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 25% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Soil Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier


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About Clemson University

Clemson University is a four year public college located in Clemson, South Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 20,774 and part time is 2,632. Learn more about getting accepted at Clemson University at CollegeSimply.

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

Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Clemson University 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.

Clemson University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217882 IPEDS survey data.