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Tuition and Fees

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive. The categories are defined by federal law but the amounts are determined by surveys of students at the College. Students with unique mitigating circumstances, such as medical conditions, can request a review of their COA.

Although the COA is based on average expenses, many families find that their actual expenses can be less through careful planning. The bill includes Tuition and Fees, Room and Board for students living on-campus with a meal plan. The other components are indirect costs that may occur largely at the beginning of the semester, like books and supplies, or spread out of the semester, like personal/miscellaneous.

Fall Semester (Trident Technical College)

Tri-County    
Tuition *             $2,578
Reg. fee              $16
Room & board          $5,657
Books & supplies      $1,000
Transportation        $1,128
Personal              $901
Loan fees             $70.00
Bridge fee            $1,450
Total  $12,800.00
In-State    
Tuition *  $2,860
Reg. Fee  $16
Room & Board  $5,657
Books & Supplies  $1,000
Transportation  $ 1,128
Personal  $901
Loan Fees  $70
Bridge Fee  $1,450
Total  $13,082
Out-of-State    
Tuition *  $4,879
Reg. Fee  $16
Room & Board  $5,657
Books & Supplies  $1,000
Transportation  $1,826
Personal              $901
Loan fees             $70
Bridge fee            $1,450
Total  $14,799

*Actual 2016-17 tuition and fees will be updated when 17-18 amounts are announced. Tuition rate includes technology fee. Tuition per credit hour rate is $171.83 (tri-county residents), $190.64 (other S.C. county residents) and $325.23 (out-of-state residents). Tuition is for 15 credit hours enrollment per Bridge requirements. Other budget components provided by College of Charleston based on actual charges for room & board, Bridge fee, and other expenses allowed for CofC students in fall 2017.

Spring Semester (College of Charleston)

In-State
Tuition & Fees (12 or more hours)  $5,693
Average Technology & Library  $213
Books & Supplies  $591
Room & Board (Weighted Average)  $5,656*
Personal/Misc.  $901
Transportation/Travel  $1,128
Loan fees (average)  $35.00
Bridge Fee  $ 0
 Total  $14,217
Out-of-State
Tuition & Fees (12 or more hours)*  $14,772
Average Technology & Library  $213
Books & Supplies  $591
Room & Board (Weighted Average)  $5,656*
Personal/Misc.  $901
Transportation/Travel  $1,826
Loan fees (average)  $35.00
Bridge Fee  $ 0 
 Total  $23,994

*These are 2016-17 rates and will be updated when the 2017-18 rates are established by the Board of Trustees in June. Note that some courses have additional lab/course fees assessed that for the typical first year student will average $200. The Room & Board amount is a weighted average. The College of Charleston has a wide array of housing and meal plan options with varying costs. There is no Bridge Program Fee in the spring term.