Basic Fees, Expenses and Additional Charges
As a state-affiliated institution, the College of Charleston bases its fees in part on appropriations granted by the South Carolina General Assembly. Accordingly, the fees charged by the College will be directly affected by the action of the legislature and are therefore subject to change without notice.
Legal Residency for Tuition and Fee Purposes
Rules regarding the establishment of legal residence for tuition and fee purposes for institutions of higher education are governed by Title 59, Chapter 112 of the 1976 South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended. The guidelines for residency determinations for fee and tuition purposes are governed by South Carolina Code of Laws and South Carolina Commission of Higher Education regulations.
Bill Due Date Policy
All fees are due and payable in full before or on the due date shown on the first bill for the semester. Cancellation of a student’s registration will occur if payment is not received on time.
Billing Procedures and Methods of Payment
The College of Charleston refund policy governing pro-rata adjustments to student charges is located at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/tuition-and-fees/refund-policy.php. This policy is updated yearly and includes the dates that coincide the applicable percentage refunds to student charges based on the date of the change of enrollment. This policy applies to all students and all programs, whether one is in state or out of state, Undergraduate or Graduate. The same policies apply regardless of the mode of delivery of the course.
Qualified graduate students who are non-South Carolina residents are eligible for an abatement of the out-of-state portion of their tuition. These awards are subject to the availability of funds. These awards are only applicable to graduate credit; undergraduate credit is not eligible for abatement. To qualify for an abatement, an out-of-state student must be awarded an assistantship or qualifying scholarship. Athletic scholarships do not qualify out-of-state students for an abatement. Priority is given to students enrolled full-time.
A student receiving abatement funds must remain in the assistantship or continue to meet the criteria of the scholarship, and remain enrolled in the requested number of hours for the full semester in order to retain the full amount of the abatement funds for the full semester. Failure to do so will result in the loss of abatement funds and may result in the student being charged for at least a portion of the abatement funds awarded.