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Tuition & Fees

2015-2016 Academic Year

Doctoral Program Tuition

  SC Resident   Non-resident
Full-time USC tuition per semester
(12 or more hours)
 $6,192 $13,266
Part-time tuition
(per semester hour)
 $516 $1,105.50

Funding Package

Funding is anticipated for all entering Ph.D. students. All entering students are expected to have a research or teaching assistantship which comes with a competitive stipend. In addition to the stipend, students receive a 100% tuition supplement and 100% insurance subsidy to help defray expenses. More information is available on graduate assistantships.

Anticipated Living Expenses

Costs listed below are estimates for one calendar year

Housing:  $7,032
Estimate is based on one student sharing a two bedroom apartment with one other person for one calendar year. 

Books:  $1,364
Estimate is based on supplies for one year. 

Food:  $3,397
Students may choose to purchase a prepaid meal plan to eat at University dining facilities. The full-meal plan (21 meals per week) costs $2,100 per academic year.  For students living on or off campus, estimated expenses for one calendar year are $3,000.

Dependent Family Members:
For students who will be accompanied by family, the estimated costs to support these dependents for one year are approximately $2,500 for the spouse and $2,000 for each child.

Personal Expenses:  $3,321
These expenses include routine medical and dental costs, clothes, laundry, transportation, recreation, and personal expenses.

Additional Fees

International Student Enrollment Fee:  International students enrolling at the University of South Carolina must pay a one-time enrollment fee of $750. This fee is usually assessed during the first semester and is automatically added to your bill.

Matriculation Fees:  A one-time, nonrefundable matriculation fee of $80 is assessed to all degree seeking students.

Technology Fee:  $200 per semester ($17 per credit hour).

*These rates are accurate for the 2015-16 academic year.