2016 Most Affordable Colleges in South Carolina

2016 Most Affordable Colleges in South Carolina

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Presbyterian College

Despite its small undergraduate enrollment (1,081 in Fall 2013), approximately 75 percent of Presbyterian College students volunteer while they're in college, impacting and serving the community in a multitude of positive ways. South Carolina residents who are admitted to the college may be qualified for two State Scholarships - the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship ($6,700/year for freshmen, $7,500/year for sophomores, juniors and seniors) and the Life Scholarship ($5,000/year). Two additional State Scholarships, the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement and the Life Scholarship Enhancement, each grant an additional $2,500 per year to sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet the academic criteria of the programs. Entering freshmen may be considered for a one-time grant of $2,800 from the South Carolina HOPE Scholarship.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,460 Students

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Francis Marion University

Founded in 1970, Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina was named in honor of General Francis Marion, a respected military officer who served in the Revolutionary War. Almost all (99%) of full-time beginning undergraduates receive financial aid, and 24% receive institutional grants or scholarships. Freshman academic scholarships range in amount from $1,000 per year to full tuition, room and board. The Robert E. McNair Scholarship, for example, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board for outstanding freshmen from South Carolina. The Distinction Scholarship, which is renewable for four-years, automatically awards $1,000 to all incoming freshmen who have at least a 3.0 GPA and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT score.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,944 Students

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Lander University

Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina was founded in 1872 as Williamston Female College and didn't begin admitting men until 1943. Almost all (99%) of full-time beginning undergraduates receive financial aid, with 38% receiving institutional grants or scholarships. The average amount of institutional gift aid awarded to full-time freshmen students is $4,915. Both freshmen and transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, and athletically gifted students are eligible for athletic awards that offer up to full-tuition, room and board. The university also offers state and federal grants, like the South Carolina Need-Based Grant and the SC National Guard College Assistance Program, which provides up to $4,500 per year to students who served in the National Guard.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,787 Students

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Located in Charleston, South Carolina, Citadel Military College of South Carolina ranked 4th in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best Southern universities. About 25 full tuition scholarships are provided to incoming freshmen, with 34% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving institutional grants or scholarships. Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for scholarships, but upperclass students can also apply for scholarships by completing the Upperclass Cadet Scholarship Application. All Citadel undergraduates are also considered for grants from governmental and institutional sources, including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, South Carolina Need-Based Grants and Athletic Grants-in-Aid. Of all undergraduates at Citadel, 60% receive some type of grant or scholarship aid and 24% receive Pell Grants.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,592 Students

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College of Charleston

Founded in 1770, College of Charleston is the oldest higher education institution in South Carolina. The college offers institutional grants or scholarships to 35% of full-time beginning undergraduates. University scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence or special talent, and freshmen applicants can apply for eight different institutional scholarships, including the $4,000+ Palmetto Promise, the $1,000 National Merit Scholarship and the college's most prestigious scholarship, the Colonial Scholarship. College of Charleston also awards institutional need-based grants to undergraduates and federal grants like the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The Pell Grant, for example, is awarded to 23% of undergraduate students.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 94.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,456 Students

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Winthrop University

From a borrowed, one-room building and a handful of students (21) in 1886, Winthrop University has grown into a 456-acre campus with a Fall 2014 student population of 5,048. Entering freshmen can apply for the Winthrop Fellows Scholarship, which awards up to $12,500 per year. The Winthrop Scholar program supports both in-state and out-of-state students who are academically outstanding. The program has three levels: Winthrop Gold Scholar ($9,000/year for in-state freshmen, $4,000/year for out-of-state freshmen), Winthrop Garnet Scholar ($6,000/year for in-state freshmen, $2,000/year for out-of-state freshmen); and the Winthrop Blue Scholar ($3,000/year for in-state freshmen, $1,000/year for out-of-state freshmen). In addition, non-resident freshmen receive out-of-state tuition waivers for all levels.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

6,024 Students

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Coastal Carolina University

Years before he became Douglas Stamper, Frank Underwood's go-to political strategist in the Netflix series House of Cards, actor Michael Kelly earned his undergraduate degree at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Coastal Carolina University gives some form of financial aid to 91% of full-time beginning undergraduates. Institutional grants or scholarships are provided to 29% of these students, and admitted freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for merit-based awards. The largest scholarship for incoming freshmen is the Presidential Scholarship, which has a maximum award of $6,000 per year for in-state students and $11,000 per year for out-of-state students. The university also participates in need-based governmental grant programs like the South Carolina Need Based Grant, the Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grant, the Pell Grant and the Federal Teach Grant.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 94.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

9,976 Students

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University of South Carolina-Beaufort

Established as Beaufort College in 1795 to serve the educational needs of the children of local planters, the University of South Carolina Beaufort is now a public university with just over 1,750 students from all around the world with two campuses in the Lowcountry region. Entering freshmen may be eligible for the Hope Scholarship, which awards up to $2,650 toward the cost of attending a four-year South Carolina university for a maximum of two semesters. Qualified UCSB students are automatically considered for the USCB Palmetto Fellow-Plus Program ($3,000 per year) or the USCB LIFE-Plus Program ($2,000 per year). Recipients of these scholarships who are also STEM majors may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 more per year.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 93.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

1,794 Students

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Anderson University

The average financial aid package for first-year students at Anderson University was $24,891 (for the academic year 2014-2015). Scholarships and grants typically account for 74 percent of the financial package of continuing students, with loans and work opportunities making up the remaining 26 percent. Qualified freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, including: President's Scholarship ($10,000/year), Founder's Scholarship ($8,500/year), Provost's Scholarship ($6,500/year), Anderson University Grant ($4,000/year), Out-of-State Grant ($3,000/year), and the Gold Grant ($1,000/year). A limited number of scholarships are available from the School of Interior Design and from the South Carolina School of Arts. The Ministry Vocational Scholarship ($500/year) considers incoming freshmen or transfer students admitted to the College of Christian Studies who plan to pursue a career in ministry.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,112 Students

How to Transfer College Credits in South Carolina

South Carolina’s colleges and universities offer a guaranteed transfer of a number of courses and transfer blocks, as well as guaranteed transfer of associate’s degrees. This makes it easy for students to transfer courses and develop degree plans before enrolling in a new program.

South Carolina’s statewide articulation agreement guarantees the transfer of more than 80 different courses to public institutions. Many of these courses are in general education, and typically transfer as comparable courses or electives.

Additionally, South Carolina offers transfer blocks that can be taken at any two year public institution in South Carolina. These blocks are accepted as a group and are used to meet bachelor’s degree requirements at four year colleges and universities.

Students who have completed an associate’s degree in South Carolina may be eligible for junior year status upon successful transfer to a four year degree program. Typically, students must have completed a transfer block to be eligible.

Want to plan your transfer? Use the SC TRAC website to search for transfer agreements as well as course equivalencies.

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