The University's Board of Trustees has set tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic year:
Resident: $ 22,360
Non-resident receiving merit scholarship: $24,688
Non-resident: $ 44,752
If you are receiving a scholarship, it should appear on your Self-Service Carolina account shortly. Please be aware that many scholarships are funded from multiple sources, and each component will be posted separately. For those of you receiving a non-resident merit scholarship, be aware that the scholarship and the tuition waiver components of your award also are posted separately. The Bursar's Office has alerted us that the tuition waiver portion of your award — which reduces non-resident tuition by $20,064 -- will not appear until July 15. Don't panic if you see only part of your scholarship posted — all components of your award will show up eventually! If you will be using education loans to pay your law school expenses, check the University's Financial Aid website for instructions on how to finalize your loans.
Other components of your cost of attendance budget, which establishes the maximum amount of financial aid (scholarships and loans) you can receive from University sources, have been set as follows:
Personal expenses: $2,420
You may increase your budget and borrow up to an additional $2,000 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, contact a financial aid counselor at 803.777.8134 or visit the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1714 College Street, Columbia SC 29208.
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 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 Student Financial Aid 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. Watch your email for a notice from the Law School Bookstore once section assignments are final in early August.