Estimated Tuition and Fees Based on 2018-2019
|Semester||Cost for South Carolina Resident||Cost for Non-Resident|
|Fall and Spring||$15,250||$31,396|
|Maymester and Summer I||$2,595||$5,306|
We are pleased to offer several funding opportunities for interviewees to consider
during the match process. These are listed as "tracks" within the National Match System.
Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs provide long-term, graduate level interprofessional training that complements genetic counselor education. The purpose of the LEND training program is to improve the health of infants, children and adolescents with disabilities. Two SCLEND Genetic Counseling Fellowships are available for Fall 2019 admissions.
Learn more about SCLEND Genetic Counseling Fellowships
SCLEND strives to demonstrate that interprofessional training opportunities will increase early diagnosis and treatment of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DD). Trainees participate in academic, clinical, and community opportunities to build cultural competence, capacity to evaluate, diagnose or rule out, develop, and provide evidence-based interventions to individuals with ASD and DD; and demonstrate an ability to use a family-centered approach.
The SCLEND Genetic Counseling Fellows engage in 300 hours of training over their two year master’s program. In year one, the fellows will attend orientation, a leadership training day, and the Nurturing Developing Minds Conference. First year fellows participate in at least five clinical field experiences to include therapeutic Interventions, interprofessional clinics and specialty care clinics. First year fellows also attend at least two community-based meetings, related to ASD/DD.
Second year SCLEND Genetic Counseling Fellows receive a stipend of $3000 ($1500 per semester) and complete a two semester interprofessional online course and a research project. Historically, Genetic Counseling trainees have had their Master’s Degree Thesis accepted as the required LEND research project.
The LEND program is a nationally known interprofessional leadership training opportunity.
As a Federal program, continuation funding is contingent on Federal renewal.
LEND was an incredibly valuable part of my graduate training. It provided me with a deep knowledge of the complex task of caring for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. LEND taught me how to better integrate my genetic counseling skills with those of other disciplines in order to maximize patient care.
- Erin Huggins, Class of 2018
Center for Disability Resources Graduate Assistantship
As the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for South Carolina, the mission of the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) is to enhance the well-being and quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families. The CDR collaborates with persons with disabilities, their families and organizations to develop new knowledge and best practices, train leaders and affect system change.
Learn more about the CDR Assistantship
The CDR Assistantship is awarded to one student and is a 10 hour per week commitment supporting one of the following areas of focus. As a service to the University, a stipend is provided to the graduate assistant, and out of state graduate students are granted in-state for their tuition costs.
Individuals Motivating People to Achieve Change Together (IMPACT), is a state-wide self-advocacy council that represents the needs of individuals with disability to state and local government.
The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) is a validated assessment measuring an individual’s needs in personal, work-related and social activities to identify support needs for success in community settings.
Team for Early Childhood Solutions (TECS) is focused on research and planning activities for South Carolina’s statewide system of early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
Secondary Transitions Projects builds capacity for evidence based practices to improve transition planning and employment outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
South Carolina Act Early Team promotes collaborations among leaders in state agencies, universities, healthcare systems, private organizations and families to improve quality of life for children, youth and adults with autism spectrum disorder.
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program supports children and adults with disabilities in their efforts to acquire and use technology as routine part of day to day living.
Working for the Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC) within the CDR was a very rewarding experience during my graduate training. I was able to help disseminate information on evidence based practices to South Carolina schools in order to help improve transition planning and employment outcomes for students with a wide range of disabilities. This experience was a valuable part of my genetic counseling training as it has helped me better relate to my patients and enhanced my understanding of the special education my patients receive in South Carolina.
- Alyssa Gates, Class of 2019
You have access to one-on-one and group financial aid counseling through the School of Medicine. Many of our graduate students choose to work directly with the University of South Carolina's main campus financial aid office.
Complete your FAFSA application by April 1 to apply for:
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan
Student Health Insurance
All USC School of Medicine students are required to have health insurance. You can purchase a student health plan through AIG for $2,547 per year (2016-2017) rates.