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Costs and Financing

Paying for college is a challenge for everyone. Fortunately, resources exist for students from all walks of life. 

CarolinaLIFE costs

These are estimated expenses per semester for a CarolinaLIFE student for the 2015-2016 academic year. Tuition and fees are subject to change:

Item Average Cost Resident Average Cost Non-Resident

CarolinaLIFE tuition

$5475 $5475

USC Tuition

$1385 $3737

Meal Plan

$1679 $1679


$3148 $3148

Technology Fee

$51 $51

Carolina Life Program Fee

$1836 $1836


$13,844 per semester $16,196 per semester

These estimates do not include the cost of books, individual housing supplies or incidentals. Meal plan costs vary depending upon the plan you choose. For more information regarding USC dining and meal plan options, please visit the Gamecock Gateway.

Financial assistance

A variety of funding sources are available for students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities, including:

  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, which can provide qualifying residents with financial aid of up to $1,850 for tuition per semester.
  • Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, which can provide up to $5,500 per year. Call 803-777-8134, or email for information.
  • College Transition Connection SC Need-Based Grant, which can provide up to 8 semesters of funding to students. Call 803-777-8134, or email for information.