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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

University of South Carolina Columbia tuition is $12,216 per year for in-district residents. This is 69% more expensive than the national average public four year in-district tuition of $7,243. The cost is 32% cheaper than the average South Carolina in-district tuition of $17,931 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in South Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 24th most expensive 4 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $400 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $12,618.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,388 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Columbia should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,065.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,232 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,232 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to University of South Carolina-Columbia is $28,301 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $28,303. Out-of-state students who don't possess South Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $48,983.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for University of South Carolina Columbia and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of South Carolina Columbia
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $28,301
   In-District Tuition$12,216
   Other Fees$400
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,232
   Books and Supplies$1,065
   Room and Board$10,388
South Carolina Out of District Total Budget $28,303
   In-State Tuition$12,218
   Other Fees$400
   Room and Board$10,388
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,232
   Books and Supplies$1,065

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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 $28,303 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 University of South Carolina-Columbia net price for in-state students is $20,271* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

85% of University of South Carolina Columbia students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,792. 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 $4,359. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of South Carolina Columbia, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of South Carolina Columbia
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$20,271*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid85%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,792
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants15%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,359

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$12,386
$30,001 to $48,000$15,928
$48,001 to $75,000$19,592
$75,001 to $110,000$20,736
$110,000+$22,714

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,303 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,303. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

24%
23%
53%

Grants and Scholarships

 24% - $5,792

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

Federal Loans

 23% - $5,548

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

Out of Pocket

 53% -  $12,731

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 University of South Carolina-Columbia 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 77/100 for University of South Carolina Columbia. Considering an average net price paid of $15,487, this leads to an overall value ranking of 73/100. This places the school 77th 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. University of South Carolina Columbia
University of North Carolina School of the Arts46.8% less expensive
University of North Carolina at Wilmington63.6% less expensive
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University6.5% less expensive
University of Central Florida63.3% less expensive
The University of Alabama11.8% less 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 University of South Carolina Columbia.

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 University of South Carolina-Columbia is $113,212 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 $15,487 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $61,948**

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 $141,515 or $77,435 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 University of South Carolina Columbia.

South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,109
South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,152
Non-South Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$16,449
Non-South Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$24,492

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 University of South Carolina Columbia 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 University of South Carolina Columbia
Price per credit hour for South Carolina residents$509
Cost for one class for South Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$1,527
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,371
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$4,113
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,484

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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. 46% of University of South Carolina Columbia students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,548. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $25,711.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of South Carolina Columbia? 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 $61,948, 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 $76,863.26. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of South Carolina Columbia. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 85% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $15,487. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of South Carolina Columbia 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.

University of South Carolina Columbia Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$640.53
Amount Borrowed$61,948.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$14,915.26
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$76,863.26

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend University of South Carolina-Columbia? 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 University of South Carolina Columbia, 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 $76,863.26 would be needed to afford a $640.53 monthly payment in the example $61,948.00 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 University of South Carolina Columbia in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $10,088 to $12,218. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.2%. 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 $113,212.00. 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 University of South Carolina Columbia.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$38,923$155,693
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$49,677$198,708
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $63,402$253,607
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $73,396$293,582

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of South Carolina Columbia 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
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 224 36% costlier
Exercise Physiology Bachelor's Degree 177 15% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 170 35% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 166 42% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 154 24% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 141 30% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 139 36% costlier
Retailing and Retail Operations Bachelor's Degree 127 18% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 125 41% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 87 15% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 81 38% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 75 26% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 69 32% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 65 19% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 64 15% costlier
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 48 14% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 42 16% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Bachelor's Degree 39 53% costlier
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 37 27% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 35 33% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 31 40% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 31 7% costlier
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 31 18% costlier
Public Health, Other Bachelor's Degree 28 5% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 28 44% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 27 27% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 26 22% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 4% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 20 18% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 16 18% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 14% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 14 35% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 14 32% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 13 16% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 12 18% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 12 19% costlier
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 10 25% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 9 20% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 7 30% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 7 18% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 6 121% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management Bachelor's Degree 6 47% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 6 4% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Bachelor's Degree 6 53% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Experimental Psychology Bachelor's Degree 5 22% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 11% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 5 19% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 5 22% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 5 8% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 16% costlier
Geophysics and Seismology Bachelor's Degree 4 1% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 8% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 3% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 21% costlier
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 3 19% costlier
European Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 11% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 9% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 7% cheaper
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 8% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 1 32% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 19% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 12% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 18% costlier

Calculators

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About University of South Carolina Columbia

University of South Carolina Columbia is a four year public college located in Columbia, South Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 31,270 and part time is 3,525. Learn more about getting accepted at University of South Carolina Columbia at CollegeSimply.

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

Address
University of South Carolina Columbia
Columbia-Campus
Columbia, South Carolina
29208

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of South Carolina Columbia 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.

University of South Carolina Columbia cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=218663 IPEDS survey data.