60+ Tuition Exemption Program

Fall 2019

Beginning with the 2019 Fall Semester, we are excited to announce we are updating and improving this program to provide our admitted 60+ students with the ability to register themselves for courses well before the first day of classes. You can view the announcement from Provost McGee by clicking: 60+ Tuition Exemption Program Fall 2019 Update (PDF). All College of Charleston students register online for courses according to their number of earned credit hours. This now includes you. Even it you have zero earned credit hours, your registration entry date will occur before the first week of classes.

This change in our registration process will require you to prepare for registration in a new way. Students will need to become familiar with the online course registration process. Below please find several resources designed to help you adequately prepare for admission and registration for the Fall 2019 60+ Tuition Exemption Program. Students may also download a copy of this information by clicking 60+ Tuition Exemption Program Overview Guide (PDF).

60+ Tuition Exemption Program

If you are 60 years old or older, and a resident of South Carolina you can enroll in classes at the College of Charleston. Each semester, approximately 400 60+ students enroll in classes at the College. These students may be auditing classes or taking courses for personal enrichment. Most 60+ students take undergraduate courses.

While 60+ students do not pay tuition, there is a $50 registration fee. Also, students may need to purchase books and may have additional course fees

If you are interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree, you must maintain active student status and complete the application for undergraduate admission or the graduate online application.

Maintain Active Student Status

Students are responsible for maintaining active status as a College of Charleston student. If a student is not enrolled for one semester, they must contact the Office of Admissions to request reactivation in order to register for courses. Students who are not enrolled for two semesters or more must reapply for admission to the College. Summer enrollments are not considered in determining continuing enrollment status for the fall.

Application and Registration Process

Step 1: Complete our non-degree application.

In addition to completing the online application (which includes a 60+ status verification form), you must also provide proof of U.S. citizenship and verification of your age (a valid driver's license will suffice). Students are responsible for meeting all deadlines posted by the Office of AdmissionsOffice of the Registrar and on the Academic Calendar.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring - December 31
  • Fall - August 15

Step 2: Provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

Every student must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before being allowed to enroll. To prove U.S. citizenship, applicants must complete the Verification of Lawful Presence form and deliver the original, with a photocopy of your proof document, in person or by mail, to the Registrar’s Office.

Step 3: Register.

Get registration details and guidelines here

For our summer terms, please visit our summer sessions website for detailed information on the application and registration process. You can register in the summer sessions office on the day after the drop/add period for each term.


Every student must provide proof of U.S. citizenship before being allowed to enroll. 60+ students must also present a valid South Carolina driver's license or picture ID for age and residency verification. In order to verify South Carolina residency, the identification must have been issued at least one year prior to enrollment. A voter registration or vehicle registration document can be submitted if the driver's license does not meet the time requirement. 


The College accepts MasterCard, Discover or American Express. You can pay your $50 registration fee, in addition to any applicable course fees, online using your MyCharleston account. You may also pay at the Treasurer's Office (No. 10 on the campus map) by check or credit card. The Treasurer's Office is located at 170 Calhoun Street.

You do not pay tuition. You may need to purchase books, and may also have to pay pay additional course fees.


60+ students may apply at the Graduate level as either non-degree or degree-seeking students through the Graduate School website.

Please note that applications and all required materials must be submitted prior to the deadline indicated for the program desired. Information on program-specific materials and deadlines can be found on the list of program requirement checklists. All graduate applications are reviewed by the individual program, whether degree- or non-degree seeking.

Those wishing to be categorized as 60+ students must bring the following to the Graduate School Office, 310 Randolph Hall, where they will determine eligibility: 

The graduate application fee DOES NOT include the $50 registration fee. Successful graduate candidates enrolling under the 60+ Student Tuition Exemption Program must pay the $50 registration fee each semester.