Graduate Cost and Aid (Except MFA)

Graduate Cost and Aid (Except MFA)

Graduate Students

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees
Online Course Tuition: $410 per credit hour
On-Campus Course Tuition: $400 per credit hour
Directed Independent Study Course Tuition: $450 per credit hour

Technology Fee: $50 per term
Parking Fee: $25 per term
Drop/Add Fee: $20
Audit Fee: $75
Promissory Note Fee: $25 per term
Application Fee: $40
Registration Fee: $20 ($50 for late registration)
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 of your intended program 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.

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.