University of South Carolina



Start on the path to lifelong achievement when you invest in yourself and your future with the quality education you'll enjoy at the University of South Carolina.

Rated by The Princeton Review as one of the "150 Best Value Colleges for 2013," USC was cited for affordable tuition, awarding more than 1,000 need-based and merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen each year, respected academic programs and faculty leaders, as well as our vibrant student life and exciting Columbia community.

In addition, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine identified USC as one of the "100 Best Buys in College Education," while U.S. News & World Report gives USC the nod as one of the best national public institutions. Choosing the University of South Carolina for your affordable education just makes good sense.


USC offers a wide range of scholarships for residents of South Carolina and others for nonresidents that can make your education even more affordable. Scholarship awards are based on merit and strong academic potential. If you meet certain criteria, you will be automatically considered for most general University scholarships. Our Carolina and McNair Scholars awards require an additional application.

For a complete look at loans, grants, and scholarships available at the University of South Carolina, please review our brochure Money Matters and visit the Financial Aid website.

Estimated 2014-2015 Costs

Student Expenses
Tuition and Technology Fee $11,128 in-state (resident)
$29,372 out-of-state (nonresident)
Housing: traditional, suite $6,378 (resident/nonresident)
Meals: 1021 meal plan $3,032 (resident/nonresident)
Books and Supplies $1,008 (average)

NOTE: Use the estimated costs to help you anticipate expenses. You may choose to spend more or less than the amounts shown. The figures may change when your specific situation is reviewed, particularly for financial aid. Because your eligibility for financial aid is based on standard budget allowances, aid is not affected by individual preferences or spending habits. All rates and fees are subject to change at any time.

USC Financial Aid

Through grants, loans, scholarships and work-study assistance, USC helps make your education affordable.

USC Scholarships


Based on merit, need and resident status, the state of South Carolina, the University and many of our academic colleges and departments offer scholarship opportunities.

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...SC resident awards
USC Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Once you are officially accepted to USC, you may be awarded some form of financial aid.

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