SOUTH CAROLINA’S MOST AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITY
Cost matters. Hear it from our grads...
How we get it done
No Red Ink
We watch our budget carefully. Unlike many universities, we have more faculty than administrators and we operate without a lot of frills. We push as many tuition dollars as possible to the classroom. Which is right where they belong.
New Buildings, No Debt
At Francis Marion University, we’ve added a half dozen new academic facilities over the past decade, without borrowing any money. Tuition dollars don’t go to debt, which is good news for you.
Avoiding debt keeps tuition low
Most South Carolina public universities have borrowed hundreds of millions over the years to build new buildings. When those bills come due, students and their parents have to pay it. The list below shows what college debt added to tuitions at South Carolina universities in 2016-17.
Francis Marion University’s practice of raising money privately for new construction, and not building until that money is raised, helps it maintain the state’s lowest cost of attendance.
School Debt included in tuition per in-state student
Clemson University: $1,414
Winthrop University: $1,186
SC State University: $984
University of South Carolina (Columbia): $920
Coastal Carolina University: $890
College of Charleston: $879
USC Updstate $590
USC Aiken $482
The Citadel: $421
Francis Marion University: $251
Source: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.