Degree Completion Program – Cost and Aid

Degree Completion Program – Cost and Aid

Converse College tuition costs

Converse’s Degree Completion Program (DCP) is taught at our alternate location at the University Center of Greenville (UCG), with select classes offered online. Our degree completion program allows you to use your prior experience and undergraduate credits for a BA in Business Administration or a BA in Child and Family Studies. This hybrid approach provides face to face learning with the flexibility of online classes.

Cost of Attendance

Converse provides you with a private college education at a public university price.

Fee Cost
2020-2021 Tuition $400/credit hour
Access Fee $80 each Fall/Spring term; $50 each Jan/Summer term
Graduation Fee $150

*Tuition and fees subject to change

Fees may apply for transcripts, drop/add, laboratory courses and in other circumstances. See the academic catalog for a detailed list of fees.

Below are potential sources of additional funding. Complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.  Please list Converse College (School Code #003431) as one of the schools to receive your information.

Federal grants are awards that do not need to be repaid. To be eligible, you will need to apply to Converse, complete the FAFSA , and meet the grant criteria.

Federal Pell Grant
Pell Grants are the most frequent form of federal grants for students and are awarded on a sliding scale based on need and enrollment status at a maximum of $6,195. More than 40% of Converse undergraduates receive a Pell Grant.

Amount: Up to $6,195 for full-time enrollment
Need-based federal grant
Eligibility determined by the FAFSA

If you are a resident of the state of South Carolina, you may qualify for aid awarded by the state. While not all programs require you to file the FAFSA to be eligible, we strongly encourage you to complete the FAFSA to expedite the process. Visit S.C. Commission on Higher Education for more information.

Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan
Future Scholar is not a scholarship but rather a savings plan designed to help families jump-start saving for college while enjoying federal and state tax benefits. It is sponsored by the State of South Carolina and administered by the South Carolina State Treasurer’s office. Funds in a Future Scholar account grow tax-free. South Carolinians can deduct contributions to a Future Scholar account from state income taxes. Importantly, they pay no state income tax when the money is used for college expenses.  Learn more about the Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan.

South Carolina Tuition Grant
Amount: Up to $1,740
This grant is awarded to South Carolina resident students with demonstrated financial need who choose to attend a private, 4-year college in the state and are enrolled full time. Around 90% of Converse students who are South Carolina residents receive this grant. You must submit the FAFSA by June 30 to qualify.

Palmetto Fellows, Life, and Hope Scholarships
Palmetto Fellows, Life, and Hope Scholarships are merit awards based on high school academic records. South Carolina resident students may receive one of these awards based on their qualifications.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
Amount: $6,700 first year to $10,000 with enhancement
To be considered for the top academic scholarship for South Carolina residents, you must either be in the top 6% of your class with a 3.5 GPA and a 1200 SAT/27 ACT or have a 4.0 GPA and a 1400 SAT/32 ACT. Eligible students are submitted for this award by their high school guidance counselor. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 college GPA and earn 30 credit hours per year, and an enhancement is available for sophomores who are science or math majors and completed 14 credit hours in science or math courses during the freshman year.

LIFE (Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence) Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 first year to $7,500 with enhancement
Students not eligible for Palmetto Fellows are qualified for the Life Scholarship if they meet two of the criteria of a 1100 SAT/24 ACT, a 3.0 GPA, or graduate in the top 30% of their class. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 college GPA and earn 30 credit hours per year, and an enhancement is available for sophomores who are science or math majors and completed 14 credit hours in science or math courses during the freshman year.

HOPE Scholarship
Amount: $2,800
South Carolina resident students not eligible for Palmetto Fellows or Life Scholarships are eligible for the Hope scholarship if they graduate high school with a 3.0 GPA. The Hope Scholarship is awarded for the first year only. Hope recipients (and other SC residents) may become eligible for the Life scholarship by earning 30 credit hours with an average 3.0 GPA their freshman year.

While we encourage you to pursue all grant, scholarship, and work opportunities first, Federal Direct Loans are a way to invest in a college education to prepare you for your future. Unlike loans on objects that depreciate, a college education becomes even more valuable later in life and can never be taken away.

The Federal Direct Loan Program is a low-interest loan made to you by the U.S. Department of Education in two possible forms. Some students will qualify for a subsidized loan which is based on financial need as calculated based on information contained in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Interest on subsidized federal direct loans does not accrue as long as you are enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree program. You may also qualify for an unsubsidized loan which accrues interest during your enrollment. This interest may be paid while you are enrolled or you can choose to allow the interest to capitalize.  This means that when you enter repayment, you will owe the principal balance borrowed plus any interest that has accrued.

Repayment for federal direct loans does not begin until six months after graduation or after you drop below half-time status. More information can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

Direct Loan Annual Limits

Freshmen students – Up to $5,500 (of which only $3,500 may be subsidized)
Sophomores – Up to $6,500 (of which only $4,500 may be subsidized)
Juniors and Seniors – Up to $7,500 (of which only $5,500 may be subsidized)

If you are a dependent student and your parents are ineligible for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, you may be eligible to receive additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds.  Parents of dependent students may apply for the Federal Direct PLUS Loan online at

Direct Loan Aggregate Limits

The U.S. Department of Education does impose an aggregate limit on federal direct loan borrowers for an undergraduate degree.  Once you have reached these aggregate limits you are prohibited for borrowing additional federal direct student loans.  We encourage you to always borrow conservatively considering only the amount you need for educational expenses.

The total aggregate limit for dependent undergraduate students is $31,000.  For independent students, this limit is $57,500.  For both dependent and independent undergraduate students, no more than $23,000 of the total aggregate borrowed may be subsidized.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students may qualify for some form of Federal Direct Loan; however, to be considered you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.

Alternative educational loans are available from private lenders and offer additional financial assistance to students who have exhausted all other sources of funding for their education. These programs are meant to supplement federal, state, institutional and private aid when the cost of attendance (COA) is not fully covered by these programs.

We strongly encourage you to review all financial aid you have been offered to accurately determine the amount of alternative/private loan funds that you may need to borrow. Your financial aid information is available at

To better estimate your expenses, and to accurately complete self-certification information (part of the alternative loan application process), please consider your cost of attendance to include tuition, room and board, books and other incidental expenses.

Before You Apply…

Before you apply for an alternative private loan, it is important for you to realize that if you proceed with the alternative loan application process that you are making a financial decision that will impact your life well after graduation. Some of the factors you should consider are:

  • What are realistic projections of your starting salary as well as future earnings potential in your field?
  • What other loan obligations do you/will you have and how much of your future income is already committed to those debts? You can view your cumulative Direct Student Loan debt at National Student Loan Data System under “Financial Aid Review.”
  • What are your lifestyle needs/desires after graduation? Can you afford to decrease your projected monthly net income by additional loan obligations?
  • Can any changes be made to your current/future lifestyle needs/wants that would eliminate/reduce the need for an alternative loan?

Applying for an Alternative Educational Loan

If an alternative loan is the only financial aid you desire, the submission of a FAFSA is not required.  It is highly encouraged, however, that a FAFSA is submitted to be considered for the most favorable aid for the student.

When you apply for an alternative loan, you must also complete a loan application, a promissory note, a self-certification form, and accepting all loan terms with the lender before the loan funds will be disbursed to the institution.

Choosing a Lender

We encourage you to contact a variety of established lenders about their alternative educational loan product(s). You have the right to select any lender you wish to use for an alternative loan. It is the responsibility of the student to thoroughly evaluate each lender before choosing the one that is right for you.  Converse College does not endorse any particular alternative student loan lender.

For your convenience, lenders that have provided alternative loans to Converse students within the past three years can be found online by utilizing ELM Select.

Additional scholarship programs exist through external organizations. For information, view our list of Scholarship Search Resources & Helpful Links.

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