In 2011, tuition for full-time students at Southern Wesleyan University was $24,926 a year.
On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.
If this information makes going to college sound impossible, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you all the info you need to know how much you will actually have to pay for college. Many students find the actual cost of college is a lot less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. Additionally, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college feel more doable until after graduation.
Southern Wesleyan University is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of South Carolina as it does for residents from other states.
Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency..
Choosing an insitution where you are eligible for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Take the time to check your state's criteria for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be other criteria as well, depending on where you live.
Southern Wesleyan University has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.
Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but should research private or Southern Wesleyan University-specific aid and scholarships.
International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.
In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Southern Wesleyan University.
Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. . The real cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more. Full-time undergrads at Southern Wesleyan University pay $590 in fees every year they are enrolled.
Keep in mind, there could also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Many schools offer ways for students with demonstrated need to find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.
The cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or will you need to use public transportation? All of these questions can drastically impact your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
Where are a college is located can also have a big effect on the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area may be pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains and affordable flights to actually get to school. The Southern Wesleyan University campus is in a small town setting in South Carolina.
When you're planning for college, be sure to consider personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.
Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better idea of the actual cost of attending Southern Wesleyan University.
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The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
In 2021, 681 of the 1,456 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Southern Wesleyan University meets 76% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $21,626 a year. Around 86% of Southern Wesleyan University undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Southern Wesleyan University graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $28,118 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
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Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Southern Wesleyan University financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2021, Southern Wesleyan University awarded 680 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $12.2 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $20000 thousand in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Southern Wesleyan University students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Southern Wesleyan University was $21,626 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Southern Wesleyan University seem more manageable.
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What will attending Southern Wesleyan University really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Southern Wesleyan University's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.
Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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