The University's Board of Trustees has set tuition and fees for the 2014 – 2015 academic year:
Non-resident with scholarship: $25,474
The cost of living budget for graduate and professional students for 2014 – 2015 has been set at:
Room — $10,391
Board — $2,411
Personal expenses — $2,456
Transportation — $1,695
Books — $994
Laptop (optional) — $2,000
Students seeking adjustments to their cost of attendance should call the University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 803.777.8134 to speak with a financial aid counselor.
Law books can be expensive! The book allowance used in the cost of attendance budget is an average for the University's graduate students and may not cover the cost of your law books, particularly if you buy new books. If your actual book cost exceeds the allowance, prepare a statement of your book expenses, attach receipts, and schedule an appointment with one of the counselors in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships by calling 803.777.8134. You may be able to increase your budget to cover book expenses over the standard allowance.
You also may be able to manage book costs by purchasing used books, renting books, or, in some cases, purchasing e-books. If you are getting books from any source other than the law school bookstore, be very sure that you are getting the edition number that your professor requires. Watch your email for a notice from the Law School Bookstore once section assignments are final in early August.
You may add up to $2,000 to your budget to cover the cost of purchasing a laptop computer. Click here for the School of Law laptop policy and specifications. If you purchase a laptop and wish to increase your budget, collect your receipts, contact a financial aid counselor at 803.777.8134 to schedule an appointment, or visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 1714 College Street.
If you have completed your FAFSA, you should be able to see your Direct Stafford Loan award on Self Service Carolina. You can borrow up to $20,500 per year in Direct Stafford Loan funds. If you need additional funds, as most students do, you can apply for GradPlus loans to cover any remaining costs, up to the cost of attendance, not met by a scholarship award from the law school or Direct Stafford Loan. Go to www.studentloans.gov to complete an application. The Financial Aid Office will begin processing GradPlus loan applications in June.
If you are awarded more in Direct Stafford Loan or GradPlus loan than you want to borrow, print out your award notification, cross out the full amount awarded, write in the amount you want to borrow, sign the revised award notification, and send it to the Financial Aid Office at:
Mail or in-person
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
University of South Carolina
1714 College Street
Columbia SC 29208
Scholarships and student loans are disbursed by the semester. They are applied first to the balance you owe the University for tuition, and the remainder, called an overage, is disbursed to you after you enroll. Be advised that overages typically are not disbursed until after the start of school, so you should come prepared with enough ready cash (or available credit) to pay your expenses until your funds are available. You can set up Direct Deposit for your overage funds, which typically makes them available to you sooner than if you elect to receive a paper check through the mail.
If you are receiving a scholarship, it should appear on your Self Service Carolina account sometime in June. Scholarships are posted to your account by the Bursar's Office, not by the Law School, so unfortunately we cannot control the timing. Please be aware that many scholarships are funded from multiple sources, and that each component will be posted separately, so you may see only a partial scholarship posting initially. If you are receiving the non-resident merit scholarship, please be aware that this scholarship has two components, a grant award and a tuition waiver. Those components will be posted separately and you may see one posted initially without the other. Don't panic! All components of your award will show up eventually.
About loan applications, loan processing, or cost of attendance budgets: Call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 803.777.8134 or visit their office at 1714 College Street.
About your law school scholarship, general financial aid questions, or anything else: Call the Law School Admissions Office at 803.777.6605, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come see us in the Law School.