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College of Nursing

Financial Aid

 Tuition and Fees

Tuition is charged based on the number of credit hours taken in a given semester. All students will be charged a Technology Fee each semester.  Lower division students will be assessed a Health Professions Fee each semester of  Year 1 and 2 of the nursing program.  Upper division students will be charged a Health Professions Fee each semester, and in some semesters may be charged additional fees (such as Clinical and Laboratory Fee, Total Assessment Program Testing Fee,  and Malpractice Insurance Fee) that are associated with certain courses.

Please see the Academic Policies section of this handbook for Tuition Refund policies.

Lab Fee Explanation

Nursing school is very expensive, and the clinical component adds additional expenses in which fees are assessed.  This Board of Trustee approved fee helps to ensure our faculty can take advantage of technology without compromising educational quality through support services such as state of the art distance education capabilities, including asynchronous course delivery, video-conferencing rooms, use of wireless computer services, high-fidelity patient simulation laboratories, staff to ensure all regulatory, legal and compliance issues are met with your respective clinical sites (as each site differs), staff to assist with clinical placements, and part time faculty hired who assist our full time faculty in maintaining 1:8 ratio of oversight of clinical experiences (e.g., a faculty will have 8 students to evaluate the clinical site and preceptor, to reach out to you and assess your progress, etc.).

If you review the Bursar's website, you will see that this fee is assessed to each clinical course in your program. Therefore, this fee will not be reimbursed, nor can it be reduced.

 Financial Assistance

The UofSC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship help you evaluate your costs and determine what type of financial aid support you need — loans, scholarships, grants or student employment. To be fully considered for all financial aid resources, you must complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year and all of your paperwork must be received before the April 1 annual priority deadline.  You may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships directly with any financial aid questions: or 803-777-8134.

 The College of Nursing has one undergraduate scholarship application that is used for consideration for all eligible departmental scholarships in the college.   Each year, the online scholarship application will be available on our website in December and the application will be due no later than March 15th of the following year.  College of Nursing award decisions are expected to be finalized and announced late July/early August of each year.

 In addition, as external scholarships are announced, this information is shared with students via Blackboard in the appropriate communities under Fellowship and External Scholarship Opportunities.

Scholarships and research funding opportunities may be available through the College, The Graduate school, the University and extramural sources.

Opportunities to participate on funded research programs may be available to full-time graduate students. This experience can be a valuable addition to a student’s studies. For further information the student may consult the Office of Research at (803) 777-6488 (Gene Brown).

 External Scholarship Opportunities

This comprehensive resource is provided through Choosing a career in nursing means you’ll be entering a meaningful field that has a positive outlook for job growth as well as increasing opportunities for advancement. However, it can take years of costly education to qualify as a nursing professional and figuring out how you’ll pay for school can be an overwhelming task.

This scholarship resource is provided through

This program is available to students in LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, BSN-to-MSN, or MSN-to-Doctorate programs. Applicants must be a member of AMSN.

ABA Therapy Scholarship for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in some field relating to research on autism spectrum disorder or clinical therapy positions (psychology, applied behavior analysis, education, or a variety of natural or applied sciences). $1,000 awarded semi-annually.

A searchable database of internships. For more help on finding internships that are right for you, we urge you to meet with your academic mentors, who are there to help guide you through the process.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

If you have lost your financial aid due to deficient academic performance or low course completion rate, you are required to meet with an Academic Coach and complete an Academic Plan. View additional information here

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