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Understand Tuition and Fees

As an international student at UofSC, you are required to submit documentation proving that you have enough funding to support nine months (one academic year) of both study and living expenses. Tuition and fees often vary by department. The information given below is a general estimate and may be different than your program's actual cost.

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.

Note that the I-20 is the "estimated average cost" of attendance based on the Office of Financial Aid's yearly estimated costs of attendance. The amount on your I-20 is not a bill nor it is the exact amount you can expect on your bill once you arrive to the U.S. For more information on general tuition and fees, see the Bursar's Office Website.

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 your respective department to confirm the amount you can expect to pay. 

For the 2020 - 2021  academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees are estimated to cost approximately $35,990.

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 estimated average cost for first academic year 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
$1,529
Matriculation Fee (1 time)
$80
International Student Fee ($200/semester)
$400
Technology Fee ($200/semester)
$400
Graduate Student Health Fee ($190/semester)
$380

Total estimated average cost for first 2 semesters of study

$25,109*

 

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
$1,226
Room
$8,654
Board
$4,254
Personal Expenses
$3,442
Transportation
$2,063
Health Insurance
$2,591

Total estimated average cost for first 2 semesters of study

$22,230

Books and Supplies
$1,226
Room
$8,396
Board
$3,282
Personal Expenses
$3,442
Transportation
$2,063

Total estimated average cost  for first 2 semesters of study 

$18,409

Health Insurance (The University covers health insurance for full-time doctoral students and all other graduate assistants, both SGTAs and SGRAs. If you do not fall into one of these categories, you will be required to show proof of finances for health insurance coverage.)
$2,591

If you plan to bring your spouse with you to UofSC on an F-2 visa, you will need to certify for an additional $3000.

If you plan your children with you to UofSC on an F-2 visa, you must certify for an additional $4000 per child.


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