South Carolina Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

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 $9,721 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $971 from the 2015-2016 average of $8,750 and represents a 11.1% 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 31,270 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,218. Winthrop University is the most expensive public school in South Carolina with an in-state tuition of $15,230.

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.

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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore South Carolina Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Aiken Technical College
Graniteville, 711 Students
$4,656 - -
Central Carolina Technical College
Sumter, 1,305 Students
$5,795 - -
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, 2,830 Students
$75 54 68
Clemson University  Best Value
Clemson, 21,940 Students
$13,982 89 79
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, 9,135 Students
$11,536 43 62
College of Charleston
Charleston, 9,358 Students
$70 60 67
Denmark Technical College
Denmark, 248 Students
$5,328 - -
Florence Darlington Technical College
Florence, 1,719 Students
$4,560 - -
Francis Marion University
Florence, 3,053 Students
$11,200 36 67
Greenville Technical College
Greenville, 4,261 Students
$4,704 - -
Horry Georgetown Technical College
Conway, 3,304 Students
$4,944 - -
Lander University
Greenwood, 2,789 Students
$10,700 45 67
Midlands Technical College
West Columbia, 4,239 Students
$5,352 - -
Northeastern Technical College
Cheraw, 429 Students
$4,152 - -
Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College
Orangeburg, 854 Students
$5,064 - -
Piedmont Technical College
Greenwood, 1,643 Students
$4,920 - -
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, 2,402 Students
$9,528 35 39
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg, 2,105 Students
$5,592 - -
Technical College of the Lowcountry
Beaufort, 615 Students
$4,992 - -
Tri County Technical College
Pendleton, 3,361 Students
$5,478 - -