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Understand Tuition and Fees

As an international student at USC, you are required to submit documentation proving that you have enough funding to support your first two semesters of study. You will need to provide financial documentation to cover the estimated tuition and fees for your academic program, as well as the estimated living expenses for two semesters of study. Tuition and fees often vary by department. The information given below is a general estimate and may be different for your program. If you are unsure about the amount you are required to provide, contact International Student Services at iss@sc.edu.

Tuition and Fees

General estimates for tuition and fees are listed below for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to living expenses, you will be expected to provide financial documentation for tuition and fees for your first two semesters of study. This is a requirement for processing the I-20 or DS-2019. You will also be required to show financial documentation when you go to your visa interview.

Programs in the following departments have different tuition and fee rates:

  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Master's Degrees programs in the Darla Moore School of Business

Contact International Student Services, for questions regarding tuition and fee rates if your program falls into one of the above-named categories.

The University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, is pleased to offer resident (in-state) tuition to citizens of "Sister States." to see the list of Sister-State Agreements, check the University Scholarships and Assistantships section of the ISS website.

For the 2020 - 2021  academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees are estimated to cost approximately $34,935.

Non-resident Tuition (24 credits/academic yr)
$33,528
Matriculation Fee (1 time)
$80
Weighted Average Program Fees
$1,582
International Student Fee ($200/semester)
$400
Technology Fee ($200/semester)
$400

Total for first 2 semesters of study

$35,990

 

For the 2020 - 2021 academic year, graduate tuition and fees are estimated to cost approximately $25,171.

If you have a graduate assistantship offered by your department, please submit your offer letter to International Student Services. This will reduce your tuition and fee costs significantly.

Non-resident Tuition (18 credits/academic yr)
$22,320
Weighted Average Program Fees
$1,591
Matriculation Fee (1 time)
$80
International Student Fee ($200/semester)
$400
Technology Fee ($200/semester)
$400
Graduate Student Health Fee ($190/semester)
$380

Total for first 2 semesters of study

$25,171*

*Bench Fees for eligible foreign-sponsored PhD Students in STEM Fields - Per Semester not included

$3,750

 

Living Expenses

In addition to providing financial documentation for tuition and fees, you will also need to have funding for your living expenses at USC. Living expenses are subject to change and may be more depending on your program.

If you will be bringing a spouse or any children with you, your living expense estimates will be higher.

Books and Supplies
$1,250
Room
$7,712
Board
$3,552
Personal Expenses
$3,335
Transportation
$2,118
Health Insurance
$2,433

Total for first 2 semesters of study

$20,400

Books and Supplies
$1,250
Room
$8,363
Board
$3,159
Personal Expenses
$3,335
Transportation
$2,118
Health Insurance
$2,433

Total for first 2 semesters of study

$20,658

If you plan to bring your spouse with you to USC, you will need to certify for an additional $3000.

If you plan your children with you to USC, you must certify for an additional $4000 per child.


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