Tuition and Scholarship

The College of Charleston is a state-affiliated institution which means tuition rates differ for resident and non-resident students. While our academic fees are less than those of many other institutions in the state and across the nation, we recognize that the cost of attending college in the US is a significant expense in the family budget.

Here’s what you need to know about international scholarships:

  • No separate application required for any level of scholarship.
  • All scholarships are renewable up to four years (8 semesters).
  • Students are encouraged to apply early.
  • College of Charleston cannot offer international students need-based financial aid. However, we do award the following scholarships to international students.

International Ambassador Scholarship: Deadline—March 1

  • International Ambassador Scholarship: $10,000 per year.
    The International Ambassador Scholarship is awarded to international students who are commit to attending the College of Charleston.
  • Eurasia International Ambassador Scholarship: $20,000 per year.
    The Eurasia International Ambassador Scholarship is awarded to international students who are citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. 

“I have unforgettable memories of my time at the College of Charleston as a high school senior attending the Governor's school of South Carolina in the summer of 1997. The College offers a great experience and high quality education not just because of its beautiful and historic campus, but also because of the city of Charleston, one of the most beautiful and oldest American cities. Charleston has been rapidly developing both as a tourist destination but also as an industrial center of the state. The mere presence of the Boeing plant which produces the Dreamliners speaks volumes of the city's economic development.”

-Kadyr Toktogulov, former Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the USA 

Merit scholarships

Sister-State Scholarships

The College of Charleston offers resident (in-state) tuition to students participating in the International Sister- State agreement program. The in-state tuition offer for eligible students is applicable to all of our Bachelor and Master’s degree programs. Citizens of the following are eligible for resident (in-state) tuition for the current academic year:

  • Rheinland Pfalz, Germany
  • Thüringen, Germany
  • Brandenburg, Germany
  • Queensland, Australia
  • Taiwan

The Sister-State agreement program was established through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the above locations and is offered at-will by the College of Charleston. Applicants must be admitted to an academic degree program at the College of Charleston and must demonstrate citizenship from one of the five Sister-State agreement locations with a valid passport.  Resident (in-state) tuition is applicable throughout all years of study in an academic program.

For current tuition rates please click here.

For any questions about the Sister-State Agreement Program, please contact