Tuition, Fees, and Living Costs Analysis

UndergraduateGraduatePer Credit HourEarning After GraduationComparison
For the academic year 2021-2022, the undergraduate tuition & fees at University of South Carolina-Columbia is $12,688 for South Carolina residents and $33,928 for out-of-state students. It is same as last year for both in-state and out-of-state rates. Its in-state undergraduate tuition and fees is a little bit higher than the average amount ($11,724) and its out-of-state undergraduate tuition and fees is a little bit higher than the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($30,786 - public Research University (very high research activity)).
The 2023 projected undergraduate tuition & fees for South Carolina is $12,688 for South Carolina residents and $33,928 for out-of-state students. The rate is same as the current year's tuition (2022). This rate is officially announced by school and it may be subject to change. For update and details of fee schedule, check the school's bursar/financial aid page.
It is same as last year for both in-state and out-of-state rates. The living costs including for room, board, transpiration, and other personal expenses is $15,376 for year 2022. The on-campus living costs increased by 0.18% compared to the previous year.The off-campus living costs stayed same compared to the previous year.
South Carolina Undergraduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2020-2021$12,688 $33,928$15,348
2021-2022$12,688$33,928$15,376
2022-2023$12,688$33,928$15,404
Change % 2022-20230.00%0.00%0.18%
*** The 2022-2023 tuition is announced/published officially by the South Carolina directly. The 2023 graduate tuition & fees is not yet announced or vary by program. The estimation is based on the rate of last year. See the South Carolina bursar/financial aid page for more information.
For Graduate School, in-state tuition and fees is $14,134 and out-of-state tuition and fees is $30,160 for the academic year 2021-2022. Its in-state graduate tuition and fees is around the average amount ($14,071) and its out-of-state graduate tuition and fees is around the average amount of similar schools' tuition ($28,817 - public Research University (very high research activity)).
The 2023 estimated tuition & fees at South Carolina is $14,131 for South Carolina residents and $30,160 for out-of-state students. The rate is same as the current year's tuition (2022). This rate is estimated by school and vary by graduate programs. For details of program fees, check the school's bursar/financial aid page.
University of South Carolina-Columbia has law school and medical school and their tuition is different from other graduate programs, usually higher. The law school tuition is $23,722 for in-state and $41,500 for out-of-state students. See the detailed law school tuition at University of South Carolina School of Law page. The medical school tuition is $44,818 for in-state and $89,080 for out-of-state students. See the detailed medical school tuition at University of South Carolina School of Medicine page.
South Carolina Graduate Tuition & Fees
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateOn Campus Room & Board, Other Expenses
2020-2021$14,137 $30,160$15,348
2021-2022$14,134$30,160$15,376
2022-2023$14,131$30,160$15,404
Change % 2022-2023-0.02%-0.18%
*** The 2022-2023 tuition is announced/published officially by the South Carolina directly. The 2023 graduate tuition & fees is not yet announced or vary by program. The estimation is based on the rate of last year. See the South Carolina bursar/financial aid page for more information.
The below table describes the cost per credit hour for part-time students and/or full-time students who take additional courses more than regular credit hours at South Carolina. The undergraduate tuition per credit hour is $512 for South Carolina residents and $1,397 for out-of-state students. The graduate tuition per credit hour is $572 for South Carolina residents and $1,240 for out-of-state students.
Per Credit Hour Charge (2021-2022)
YearIn-StateOut-of-State
Undergraduate2020-2021$512$1,397
2021-2022$512$1,397
2022-2023$512$1,397
Graduate2020-2021$572$1,240
2021-2022$572$1,240
2022-2023$572$1,240
The 2022 costs per credit hour has been officially published by IPEDS and 2023 costs is estimated based on the change rate of last two years.
The next table summarizes the average earning by years after graduation from the school. After 6 years of graduation, the mean earning is $43,900 and, after 10 years of graduation, the mean earning is $53,900 for University of South Carolina-Columbia graduates.
Mean Earning After Graduation By Time
TotalMaleFemale
6 Years After Graduation$43,900$47,700$40,500
7 Years After Graduation$43,100--
8 Years After Graduation$49,900--
9 Years After Graduation$48,100--
10 Years After Graduation$53,900$59,100$49,600
The next table compares the tuition & fees between University of South Carolina-Columbia and its similar schools. The similar schools are based on factors such as school type, level, and rivalry schools.
Tuition Comparison between University of South Carolina-Columbia and Similar Schools
In-StateOut-of-State
University of South Carolina-Columbia$12,688$33,928
University of Mississippi$9,044$25,886
Auburn University$11,826$31,986
Mississippi State University$9,220$24,900
Vanderbilt University$56,966
Clemson University$15,558$38,550

Four(4) Years Tuition & Fees and Costs of Attendance

Tuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid

How Much is the tuition for 4 years at South Carolina?

For the students who were admitted in Fall 2022, the estimated tuition for 4 years at South Carolina is $50,932 for South Carolina residents and $137,294 for out-of-state students.
Since the tuition & fees at University of South Carolina-Columbia have risen very slightly (very lower than national average) over the last 4 years, the actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or University system's new tuition policy.
The estimation excludes the book, supplies, and living costs before receiving any financial aid. See the other tabs for estimating 4-year total costs of attendance and after financial aid. The next table shows the estimated 4-years tuition & fees for the next 5 admission years. The estimation is based on 4-years changes in tuition & fees at the school.
Projected Four(4) Years Tuition & Fees
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$12,706$12,724$12,742$12,760$50,932
Out-of-State$34,086$34,244$34,403$34,562$137,294
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$12,724$12,742$12,760$12,778$51,005
Out-of-State$34,244$34,403$34,562$34,723$137,932
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$12,742$12,760$12,778$12,796$51,077
Out-of-State$34,403$34,562$34,723$34,884$138,572
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$12,760$12,778$12,796$12,815$51,149
Out-of-State$34,562$34,723$34,884$35,046$139,215
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$12,778$12,796$12,815$12,833$51,222
Out-of-State$34,723$34,884$35,046$35,209$139,862
The table shows the 4-years estimation of total costs of attendance (COA). It includes the tuition & fees, books & supplies costs, room & board charges, and other living expenses.
For the students who were admitted in Fall 2022, the estimated 4-years COA is $118,740 for South Carolina residents and $205,102 for out-of-state students.
Since the tuition & fees at University of South Carolina-Columbia have risen very slightly (very lower than national average) over the last 4 years, the actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or University system's new tuition policy. The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation for the next 5 admission years at University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Four(4) Years of Costs of Attendance
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$29,361$29,575$29,787$30,001$118,740
Out-of-State$50,741$51,095$51,453$51,814$205,102
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$29,575$29,792$30,006$30,223$119,612
Out-of-State$51,095$51,453$51,814$52,178$206,539
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$29,792$30,011$30,228$30,447$120,494
Out-of-State$51,453$51,814$52,178$52,545$207,989
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$30,011$30,233$30,452$30,674$121,385
Out-of-State$51,814$52,178$52,545$52,915$209,451
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$30,233$30,457$30,679$30,903$122,287
Out-of-State$52,178$52,545$52,915$53,289$210,927
Last year, 82% of enrolled undergraduate students have received grants or scholarship aid. It includes any financial aid from the federal government, state, local, institute, and other sources known by the institution. It excludes federal/private student loans.
After receiving the financial aid, the net price for 4 years of attending the school is $93,120 for South Carolina residents and $179,482 for out-of-state students.
Since the tuition & fees at University of South Carolina-Columbia have risen very slightly (very lower than national average) over the last 4 years, the actual costs may differ from the estimation based on the school or University system's new tuition policy. The next table shows the 4-year COA estimation with financial aid for the next 5 admission years at University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Four(4) Years Costs of Attendance after Financial Aid
ResidencyFreshmenSophomoreJuniorSenior4 Years Total
Class of 2026 (Admission Fall 2022)In-State$22,956$23,170$23,382$23,596$93,120
Out-of-State$44,336$44,690$45,048$45,409$179,482
Class of 2027 (Admission Fall 2023)In-State$23,170$23,387$23,601$23,818$93,992
Out-of-State$44,690$45,048$45,409$45,773$180,919
Class of 2028 (Admission Fall 2024)In-State$23,387$23,606$23,823$24,042$94,874
Out-of-State$45,048$45,409$45,773$46,140$182,369
Class of 2029 (Admission Fall 2025)In-State$23,606$23,828$24,047$24,269$95,765
Out-of-State$45,409$45,773$46,140$46,510$183,831
Class of 2030 (Admission Fall 2026)In-State$23,828$24,052$24,274$24,498$96,667
Out-of-State$45,773$46,140$46,510$46,884$185,307

Tuition, Fees, and Living Cost Tables and Charts

Next tables and charts illustrate the 2022 tuition, fees, books & supplies, and living costs in detail. We provide the previous 5 years' costs so that you can check the increased amounts of each cost item and estimate future year costs. In addition, you can check the financial aid amount including grant, scholarship, and federal student loans for the last five years. Use the left menu to explore the tuition and college costs information at University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Tuition & Fees | Financial Aid
University of South Carolina-Columbia 2022 Costs of Attendance
In-StateOut-of-State
Tuition and FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs Tuition & FeesBook & SuppliesLiving Costs
Undergraduate$12,688$1,085$15,376$33,928$1,085 $15,376
Graduate$14,134 $1,085$15,376$30,160 $1,085$15,376


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