Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

The cost of attending college starts with tuition and fees and includes housing, meals, books and other supplies.

This information is what students are paying to attend the University of South Carolina Upstate for 2017-18. Individual costs will vary based on things like your choice of housing or type of course work.

Please be sure to apply for financial aid to determine if you qualify for assistance.

  • 2017-18 Tuition: South Carolina Residents
    (1) Full-time students (12 to 16 credit hours): $5,520 per semester, $80 per credit hour for each hour above 16 hours 
    (2) Part-time students: $460 per semester hour 
    (3) Summer School students: $357 per semester hour
    (4) Active Duty: $289.50 per semester hour 
  • Tuition: Non-South Carolina Residents
    (1) Full-time students (12 to 16 credit hours): $11,184 per semester, $208 per credit hour for each hour above 16 hours 
    (2) Part-time students: $932 per semester hour 
    (3) Summer School students: $723 per semester hour 
  • Matriculation Fee (one-time enrollment fee for degree-seeking students): $75 
  • Technology Fee (promotes the development of state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms)
    (1) Full-time students (12 hours or more): $140 per semester 
    (2) Part-time and summer school students: $9 per credit hour
  • Health Fee (provides confidential individualized quality health care including urgent care, vaccinations, limited lab services, self-care medication and health education)
    (1) Full-time students (12 hours or more): $65 per semester 
    (2) Part-time and summer school students: $6.50 per credit hour 
  • Security Fee (supports network security, traffic control, lighting, and sidewalk/parking lot construction and repair)
    (1) $35 per semester 
    (2) $20 per summer session
  • Applied Music Fee (required for students enrolled in private music instruction) provides twelve one-half hour lessons in voice, piano, saxophone, trumpet, bass, guitar, trombone or drums.  One credit hour and $400 fee per course.

Other Fees:  

  • Nursing Course Fee
    $40 per credit hour
  • Upper Level Business and Economics Course Fee
    $45 per course
  • Clinical/Practicum Course Fee
    $100 per course
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Lab Fee
    $80 per course
  • Visual Arts Studio/Lab Course Fee
    $60 per course
  • Research Methods for Psychology Course Fee
    $80 per course
  • Live Text Fee- All "ED" courses
    $10 per credit hour
  • Exercise Science - All "EXSC" courses
    $20 per credit hour
  • Housing Application Fee
    $45 (non-refundable)
  • Housing Technology Fee
    $25  per semester
  • Housing Advance Room Payment
    $100 (refundable)
  • Bed Lofting Fee
    $25

Books
The cost of books ranges from $500 to $1,000 per semester depending upon major. The bookstore is located in the Health Education Complex. For more information, call the bookstore at 864-503-5167. Books may also be purchased online. For more information on how, watch our video.

Housing
The Villas, a university-owned apartment community located in the midst of the campus and operated exclusively for USC Upstate students, offers furnished two-bedroom apartments. Housing is limited. Early application and admission to the University are strongly recommended. For more information, call The Villas at 864-503-5422.

The cost for residents of The Villas is $2,270 for a double room and $3,295 for a single room per student per semester. Villas residents are required to purchase their choice of the Freedom or Villas Alternative Meal Plan for $1,353.

Palmetto House, a 105,000-square-foot traditional-style complex, can house 350 upperclassmen students. Palmetto House features single and double rooms with full bathrooms and communal living spaces, common rooms for studying and socializing, and and on-site computer lab. All of the standard amenities are provided including basic electricity, local phone service utilizing the newest technology in Internet phones, basic cable, access to the University's high speed Internet service, water service, garbage collection, laundry facilities, parking lot security cameras, emergency phones and well-illuminated parking lots. A card entry system is used to provide controlled access to the building's lobby, your floor and suite. In addition, the entire complex is outfitted with a sprinkler system. Handicap-accessible units are also available.

Magnolia House, a 105,000-square-foot traditional-style complex, can house 350 freshman students. It offers many of the same features and amenities as Palmetto House, including single and double rooms with full bathrooms and communal living spaces, and common rooms for studying and socializing. All of the standard amenities are provided including basic electricity, local phone service utilizing the newest technology in Internet phones, basic cable, access to the University's high speed Internet service, water service, garbage collection, laundry facilities, parking lot security cameras, emergency phones and well-illuminated parking lots. A card entry system is used to provide controlled access to the building's lobby, your floor and suite. In addition, the entire complex is outfitted with a sprinkler system. Handicap-accessible units are also available.

The cost for Palmetto House or Magnolia House residents is $2,555 for a double room and $3,065 for a single room. Residents are required to purchase the Ultimate Meal Plan for $1,612.  

A residential technology fee of $25 per semester is required for all students living on campus.

Contact Mandy Whitten, Director of Housing and Residential Life for more information.

Housing Application fee and advance room deposit is $145 for Palmetto House, Magnolia House, and the Villas.

Meals
Dining services, located in the Sansbury Campus Life Center, features a spacious dining hall and offers convenient access to a wide variety of menu selections and offerings including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Students planning to live in Palmetto House, the Villas, or Magnolia House are required to purchase a meal plan. All non-residential full time students are required to purchase the $55 Spartan Points meal plan. All campus restaurants accept cash, credit cards, Spartan Points and Carolina Cash. For more information, call 864-503-5900 or visit the website.

*Subject to change as approved by USC Board of Trustees.