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Costs and Financing

Many students qualify for a variety of financial aid sources.

Program Costs

This chart reflects the estimated costs for a CarolinaLIFE student per semester:

Estimated Expenses South Carolina Resident Nonresident
 CarolinaLIFE Tuition  $5,931  $5,931
 USC Tuition (3 credit course)  $1,483  $3,911
 Meal Plan (minimum requirement for on-campus freshmen)  $1,382  $1,382
 Housing   $4,145  $4,145
 Technology Fee (per USC credit hour)  $17  $17
 CarolinaLIFE Program Fee  $1,836  $1,836


Tuition and fees are subject to change. Additional costs include an annual housing application fee, housing supplies, books, and incidentals. Meal plan costs are variable. For more information regarding USC dining and meal plan options, please visit Carolina Dining.


Financial assistance

Funding is available to students through the following sources.

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department provides qualifying students with an open Vocational Rehabilitation case in South Carolina, up to $1,850 for tuition and a textbook stipend each semester.

Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and College Transition Connection SC Need-Based Grant are needs-based grants that have provided qualifying students up to a total of $8,000 in funding per semester.

Students do not automatically qualify for funding. Funding allocation is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). FAFSA is available beginning January 1st of each year and must be renewed each school year. Some families may find additional funding through further grants and scholarships.