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How much will tuition at S.C. colleges cost in 2020-2021?

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect recently released data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Some differences between the old data and the new were as little as $2, such as at Coker College, and some were as high as $7,861, such as at Benedict College.

Those who are saving to attend college in the near future don’t know exactly how much it will cost them, but they do know this: it will be expensive.

Fortunately for those pursuing a higher education, the Hechinger Report has released projections for what tuition could be at colleges throughout the country in the 2020-2021 school year.

Hechinger Report is a national, non-profit news organization that covers education.

Hechinger projects “sticker prices” and net tuition by examining 10 years of federal data on college costs and projecting that into the 2020-2021 school year, according to the report’s methodology section.

Tuition for public schools is largely reliant on the amount of money state lawmakers allocate to higher education, according to previous articles from The State. Last year, S.C. colleges received $36 million in additional, recurring funding in exchange for minimizing tuition increases. As a result, the University of South Carolina, the state’s largest university with 51,000 students, raised tuition .6 percent, the lowest rate in 20 years.

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Projected college costs for 2020-2021

The following are projected costs for education at South Carolina colleges.

Sticker price is the cost of in-state tuition, fees, room, board, books and “other associated expenses,” said Pete D’Amato, a data specialist with the Hechinger Peport.

Net cost is the price the average family that makes between $48,001-$75,000 pays to attend college after scholarships and other financial aid are factored in. The State used this range because the median household income in South Carolina is $48,781, according to U.S. Census data.

Aiken Technical College

Sticker: $13,250

Net cost: $4,032

Allen University

Sticker: $24,514

Net Cost:$17,252

Anderson University

Sticker: $46,199

Net Cost: $24,335

Benedict College

Sticker: $28,671

Net cost: $19,881

Bob Jones University

Sticker: $29,332

Net cost: $15,504

Central Carolina Technical College

Sticker: $15,126

Net cost: $6,148

Charleston Southern University

Sticker: $42,851

Net cost: $19,359

The Citadel

Sticker: $31,816

Net cost: $16,138

Claflin University

Sticker: $35,183

Net cost: $24,452

Clemson University

Sticker: $33,513

Net cost: $21,071

Clinton College

Sticker: $25,419

Net cost: $21,356

Coastal Carolina University

Sticker: $26,533

Net cost: $18,241

Coker College

Sticker: $45,798

Net cost: $31,760

College of Charleston

Sticker: $32,436

Net cost: $21,980

Columbia College

Sticker: $32,427

Net cost: $14,282

Columbia International University

Sticker: $38,923

Net cost: $18,709

Converse College

Sticker: $34,370

Net cost: $21,803

Denmark Technical College

Sticker: $20,115

Net cost: $12,374

Erskine College

Sticker: $58,098

Net cost: $37,550

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Sticker: $16,024

Net cost: $4,464

Forrest College

Sticker: $28,097

Net cost: $22,149

Francis Marion University

Sticker: $26,043

Net cost: $16,785

Furman University

Sticker: $69,374

Net cost: $24,945

Greenville Technical College

Sticker: $19,301

Net cost: $8,092

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Sticker: $20,572

Net cost: $6,823

Lander University

Sticker: $25,466

Net cost: $16,768

Limestone College

Sticker: $43,702

Net cost: $29,629

Midlands Technical College

Sticker: $19,499

Net cost: $7,190

Morris College

Sticker: $27,944

Net cost: $23,775

Newberry College

Sticker: $42,770

Net cost: $22,434

North Greenville University

Sticker: $39,766

Net cost: $30,864

Northeastern Technical College

Sticker: $21,990

Net cost: $9,863

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

Sticker: $19,976

Net cost: $8,592

Piedmont Technical College

Sticker: $27,907

Net cost: $14,845

Presbyterian College

Sticker: $56,153

Net cost: $19,850

South Carolina State University

Sticker: $32,795

Net cost: $26,203

South University

Sticker: $31,193

Net cost: $25,921

Southern Wesleyan University

Sticker: $40,124

Net cost: $19,842

Spartanburg Community College

Sticker: $23,124

Net cost: $3,227

Spartanburg Methodist College

Sticker: $31,209

Net cost: $15,139

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Sticker: $19,299

Net cost: $13,072

Tri-County Technical College

Sticker: $23,370

Net cost: $13,072

Trident Technical College

Sticker: $18,782

Net cost: $5,770

USC-Aiken

Sticker: $26,196

Net cost: $17,500

USC-Beaufort

Sticker: $26,606

Net cost: $20,557

USC-Columbia

Sticker: $30,036

Net cost: $22,385

USC-Lancaster

Sticker: $24,446

Net cost: $11,125

USC-Salkehatchie

Sticker: $24,446

Net cost: $15,403

USC-Sumter

Sticker: $24,446

Net Cost: $10,553

USC-Union

Sticker: $24,446

Net cost: $16,861

USC-Upstate

Sticker: $27,876

Net cost: $17,980

Voorhees College

Sticker: $28,890

Net cost: $21,911

Williamsburg Technical College

Sticker: $23,199

Net cost: $9,934

Winthrop University

Sticker: $30,800

Net cost: $19,789

Wofford

Sticker: $65,271

Net cost: $24,253

York Technical College

Sticker: $24,129

Net cost: $10,989

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Lucas Daprile has been covering the University of South Carolina and higher education since March 2018. Before working for The State, he graduated from Ohio University and worked as an investigative reporter at TCPalm in Stuart, FL. There, where he won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his political and environmental coverage.
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