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Financial Aid

PhD students are assessed a one time Nursing Enrichment Fee charge. Tuition is charged based on the number of credit hours taken in a given semester. You will also be charged a Health Professions Fee and Technology Fee each semester, and in some semesters may be charged additional fees (such as laboratory fee and malpractice insurance fee) that are associated with certain courses. 

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

 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.

You will receive full funding of tuition for at least the first two years of the program.  The College of Nursing also offers scholarships, assistantships and other financial aid options for PhD students. 

Full-time nursing graduate students (enrolled in nine credits per term) are eligible to apply and be considered for multiple scholarships coordinated through a single application process. The College of Nursing offers general scholarships.

The College offers a limited number of graduate assistantships with stipends.  Tuition assistance for graduate assistantships is sometimes available to graduate students enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours during the fall and spring semesters; summer assistantships requires at least three (3) credit hours of enrollment. Contact the College of Nursing Human Resources Director for more information at (803) 777-6918.

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 .


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