Public Colleges in South Carolina

The 2023 Directory of South Carolina Public Colleges and Costs

South Carolina Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend public college in South Carolina?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in South Carolina was $11,384 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $1,728 from the 2019-2020 average of $9,656 and represents a 17.9% annual increase. The list of South Carolina public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of South Carolina and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 32 public colleges and universities in South Carolina, the most popular being University of South Carolina Columbia with 31,575 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,288. Winthrop University is the most expensive public school in South Carolina with an in-state tuition of $15,306.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. South Carolina colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in South Carolina or cheap South Carolina colleges guide.

<Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore South Carolina Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Aiken Technical College

Graniteville, South Carolina

$4,896 NA NA
Central Carolina Technical College

Sumter, South Carolina

$6,354 NA NA
Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

$8,356 64 66
Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

$14,118 76 71
Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

$11,460 38 22
College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

$12,518 58 42
Denmark Technical College

Denmark, South Carolina

$5,626 NA NA
Florence Darlington Technical College

Florence, South Carolina

$4,704 NA NA
Francis Marion University

Florence, South Carolina

$10,384 30 20
Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina

$4,824 NA NA
Horry Georgetown Technical College

Conway, South Carolina

$5,088 NA NA
Lander University

Greenwood, South Carolina

$10,700 27 6
Midlands Technical College

West Columbia, South Carolina

$5,640 NA NA
Northeastern Technical College

Cheraw, South Carolina

$4,460 NA NA
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College

Orangeburg, South Carolina

$5,544 NA NA
Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina

$5,070 NA NA
South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, South Carolina

$9,528 20 NA
Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg, South Carolina

$5,880 NA NA
Technical College of the Lowcountry

Beaufort, South Carolina

$5,400 NA NA
Tri County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina

$5,648 NA NA