Graduate Cost and Aid (Except MFA)

Graduate Cost and Aid (Except MFA)

Graduate Students



Online and On-Campus Course Tuition: $416 per credit hour
Directed Independent Study Tuition: $450 per credit hour

Once accepted to a graduate program, a student must submit a $100 deposit to reserve their place in the program. Information regarding the deposit is enclosed in the admission packet. This deposit is non-refundable and is applied to tuition.

Other Fees:

Access Fee: $80 for Fall and Spring terms (each term), $50 for Jan and Summer terms (each term)
Drop/Add Fee: $20/drop or add
Promissory Note Fee: $25/term
Audit Fee: $75
MAT/MMFT/MEd/MLA/EdD/EdS degree application fee: $40
Transcript Fee: $10
Graduation Fee: $150
Private Music Lessons: $530 Fall or Spring term, $175 January term

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees for MMFT

The entire MMFT program is 63 credit hours, with five practicum semesters for a total tuition and practicum cost of $35,728, putting us in the top five most affordable COAMFTE-accredited Marriage and Family Therapy programs in the nation. Practicum fees are $1400.00/semester, and there are five semesters in the practicum.

On-Campus Course Tuition: $456 per credit hour
Access Fee: $80 for Fall and Spring terms (each term), $50 for Jan and Summer terms (each term)
Graduation Fee: $150

Other fees apply for transcripts, laboratory and studio courses, private music lessons, and in other circumstances. See the academic catalog for a detailed list of fees.

Financial Aid Loans and Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to assist students with educational costs. Assistantships require at least 20 hours of work each week in a specified campus office. Compensation for the assistantship is equal to the tuition of one graduate course per semester. Contact the graduate admission office for more information.

Music Graduate Assistantships
Graduate students in the Petrie School of Music may apply for a music graduate assistantship. Graduate assistantships consist of a waiver of College tuition and may also carry a stipend. Each assistantship carries specific duties and responsibilities. Learn more about Music Graduate Assistantships.

Federal Loans
The Federal Direct Loan Program is a low-interest loan made to you in two possible forms. Graduate students who qualify for federal direct loans are able to borrow up to the maximum cost of attendance or $20,500 per year, whichever is less. You will need to complete the FAFSA to see if you qualify for loans. More information can be found on the direct loan website.

Please note: Students MUST be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits hours as of the last day to add a course each term in order to qualify for a federal direct loan. Students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours are NOT eligible to receive federal direct loan funds.

South Carolina Teacher Loan
To encourage talented and qualified S.C. students to enter the teaching profession, the State of South Carolina developed the Teachers Loan Program to assist students with college expenses. The loans can be canceled at the rate of 20% per year by teaching in S.C. public schools in state-designated areas of critical needs. Applications are available online. The deadline for applying is April 30.

Federal TEACH Grant
The TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant is a federally funded program for students who plan to teach in both a critical subject and critical geographic area. The grant is currently $3,708 per year; however, it converts to a loan with accrued interest if certain conditions are not met. Learn more about the TEACH Grant through the:

Additional scholarship programs exist through external organizations. For information, view our list of scholarship search resources.

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