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Online Colleges in South Carolina

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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South Carolina has several college systems to help students in the state start their educational journeys. Many students get their start through the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS), a 16-member organization with colleges located throughout South Carolina. As the state's largest higher education system, SCTCS serves more than 250,000 South Carolina students each year, the system reports.

Another South Carolina college system, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) includes 20 colleges and universities. Each year, SCICU institutions award more than 23 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by South Carolina students, the system reports.

The University of South Carolina system also features eight campuses across the state. This university system serves nearly 50,000 students each year and offers more than 450 degree programs.

The chart below details all the degree-granting institutions in South Carolina for online students:

Degree LevelNumber of Online ProgramsNumber of Colleges
Associate389
Bachelor's6115
Master's9520

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, South Carolina was home to just under 4.9 million residents in July of 2015. Just over one-quarter of the state's population had a minimum educational attainment of a bachelor's degree in 2014. The median annual salary for residents with bachelor's degrees in 2014 was $43,661, the bureau notes, while residents with graduate and professional degrees earned an average of $54,167. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 1.92 million people working in South Carolina in May of 2015. Median annual wages for all workers in that time was $31,282, the BLS reports.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in South Carolina

Although there are many different affordable online colleges in South Carolina, the lists below rank the top five most affordable two- and four-year colleges in the state. The rankings were compiled using data provided by the schools and submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a branch of the National Center for Education Statistics. To see a more comprehensive list of the top online schools in South Carolina ranked by quality, check out our Top Colleges ranking tool.

To see a more comprehensive list of the top online schools in South Carolina ranked by quality, check out our Top Colleges ranking tool.

Most Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in South Carolina

Smaller technical and community colleges often are a better fit for many students than large universities. In many cases, they are also much less expensive. The list below details the top five most affordable two-year colleges in South Carolina.

1

Northeastern Technical College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,816
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
71.47%
Institution Type
Public

About

Located in Cheraw, Northeastern Technical College is part of the 16-school SC Technical College system. Northeastern Technical College offers more than 90 online classes for students as they work to complete certificate or associate degree programs. Online students still may have to visit campus to complete certain courses, the college notes, and some online classes also require on-campus testing. Students can take many core requirements online, such as accounting, biology, criminal justice, economics, English, algebra and statistics, music, philosophy and others. The college uses Moodle for its online content management system.

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Aiken Technical College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$3,979
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41.13%
Institution Type
Public

About

Aiken Technical College in Aiken offers a variety of online learning formats for students interested in distance education classes. Students who enroll in full web-based classes still must take proctored exams at the campus, the college notes. Students who enroll in hybrid course at the college are expected to attend approximately 50 percent of their coursework at the Aiken Technical College campus. The school also offers two fully online degree paths. Students can earn an Associate of Arts degree in preparation to transfer to a four-year university as juniors, or they can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in network systems management.

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Florence-Darlington Technical College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,032
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.59%
Institution Type
Public

About

Florence-Darlington Technical College was the first college in South Carolina to offer fully online degrees, the college states. Students attending the college's online college can enroll in one of six fully online associate degree programs. Students can also take individual online classes as they work to complete their campus-based degree, and there are dozens of online classes to choose from. Florence-Darlington Technical College offers online associate degree programs in the arts, criminal justice, leadership and management, marketing, management and robotics production. It also offers four different online certificate programs in accounting, international business, management and robotics/assembly technician. Florence-Darlington Technical College uses Desire2Learn for its online content management system.

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York Technical College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,080
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37.64%
Institution Type
Public

About

York Technical College has a main campus in Rock Hill, with additional learning centers in Chester and Lancaster. The college serves between 5,000 and 7,000 students each school year. York Technical College offers both fully online and hybrid courses for distance learners, although online students still must complete much of their coursework on campus. Students can enroll in one of nearly 80 different study programs, including associate degrees in arts or science. York Technical College uses Desire2Learn for its online delivery platform.

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Greenville Technical College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$4,212
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
38.29%
Institution Type
Public

About

Greenville Technical College has three campus locations in Greenville, with additional campuses in Taylors and Simpsonville. The college also has four additional learning centers. Greenville Technical College students can enroll in online courses in many different subjects as they work to complete core requirements of their associate degree or certificate programs. Students registering for certain online classes may be required to take on-campus assessments, the college notes. Greenville Technical College also offers a fully online associate degree program in arts for students preparing to transfer to four-year universities. Lastly, the college offers online certificate programs in health information management, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.

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Most Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in South Carolina

Students who are ready for university life, but who are still concerned about cost savings may want to get their educational journeys started by attending one of the colleges listed below. Each has been included because of its comparatively low tuition costs.

1

W.L. Bonner College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$5,148
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Private

About

W.L. Bonner is a small, private biblical college located in Columbia's Eau Claire district. The school was founded in 1995. W.L. Bonner students have a singular option for online study: a hybrid program that culminates in a certificate, an associate degree or a bachelor of religious studies degree with a focus on biblical studies. The program targets students living outside the state of South Carolina and is available to students in 27 different states. W.L. Bonner chose to withdraw its accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education in 2014 but is looking to be reinstated in 2017.

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South Carolina State University

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$7,290
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12.07%
Institution Type
Public

About

South Carolina State University is the state's only public, historically black college. South Carolina State University serves students from its main campus in Orangeburg, with an additional campus in Ellore. Students can take online classes to complete core requirements of their degrees, but much of their degree requirements are expected to be completed at regular on-campus classes. South Carolina State University uses Blackboard as its online learning management system.

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University of South Carolina-Beaufort

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$9,018
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Public

About

University of South Carolina-Beaufort primarily serves students living in the Carolina Sea Islands. However, beginning in 2013 University of South Carolina-Beaufort began offering its bachelor's degree program in human services in a fully online format through its Palmetto campus. Most courses in the online program are offered in an accelerated eight-week format. Online students who have completed all their general education requirements can usually complete the degree program in two years, the college says.

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Francis Marion University

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$9,266
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
7.61%
Institution Type
Public

About

Francis Marion University was established in 1970 and is named after a military officer who defended South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Since its founding, the school has grown to possess a diverse student body, yet it maintains a small average class size of 21 students. Students can take online and hybrid classes to complete some degrees, including healthcare administration and nursing. The RN to BSN nursing program and the MSN nurse educator program are both offered fully online. Other programs, such as the MSN family practitioner program, are offered as a hybrid program that requires some on-campus attendance.

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University of South Carolina-Aiken

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$9,312
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16.81%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of South Carolina-Aiken offers a range of online classes that can count toward degree requirements. These include courses in accounting, marketing, statistics, medical terminology, Spanish and psychology, just to name a few. The university also offers courses in equestrian training, which covers horse-related topics such as understanding and caring for horses, as well as how to make money with horses. Through the university’s partnership with ed2go, students interested in earning a career-oriented certificate can also complete online programs in health, business, IT and software, and media and design, as well as several other subjects.

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College Accreditation in South Carolina

Students must ensure the college they want to attend has been properly accredited. Accreditation by an approved accrediting body means student's educational programs meet pre-determined standards of quality, and therefore degrees awarded by the institution are valid.

In South Carolina, as in 10 other Southern states, there is one main accrediting body for most technical and community colleges, as well as public and private universities and colleges:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

However, some of the state's small biblical colleges may be accredited through:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

Students who have concerns regarding their institution's accrediting body can check online with the Department of Education.

School Interviews

If you've ever wondered what it's like to attend online college in South Carolina, read on to hear what some of the state's leading educators say about college life in the Palmetto State.

Dr. Jeff Priest
I believe you will see more online learning in future years.

Dr. Jeff Priest

Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

University of South Carolina Aiken

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

Currently we only offer two online programs. One is the BS in Business Administration through Palmetto College. This is strictly a degree completion program that is aimed at South Carolina residents who have attended college majoring in business at some point but never completed the degree.

The other online program is the Masters of Education in Educational Technology. The Master's Degree in Educational Technology is designed to provide advanced professional studies in graduate level coursework to develop capabilities essential to the effective design, evaluation, and delivery of technology-based instruction and training (e.g., software development, multimedia development, assistive technology modifications, web-based development, and distance learning).

The program is intended (1) to prepare educators to assume leadership roles in the integration of educational technology into the school curriculum, and (2) to provide graduate-level instructional opportunities for several populations (e.g., classroom teachers, corporate trainers, educational software developers) that need to acquire both technological competencies and understanding of sound instructional design principles and techniques.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Online programs are not for everyone. Students taking online programs must be self-motivated and somewhat tech savvy. They have to be able to read well and must be task oriented and manage their time well. Although online programs offer flexibility in scheduling, deadlines are important and if you cannot meet deadlines, you will not do well in an online program.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I believe you will see more online learning in future years. I would expect that online pedagogies will improve as more faculty and educators teach online and learn what the best strategies are for delivering content online.


Joseph R. Winslow
Although most students are very tech-savvy, there are numerous other factors that impact their potential success in an online program …

Joseph R. Winslow

Director of Office of Online Learning

Coastal Carolina University

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

Coastal is serious about high-quality online programs and has invested significant resources to develop new offerings for students in degree completion and adult learning markets. Coastal currently offers 10 graduate and undergraduate online programs in business, education and science, and has another six in development for launch by 2016. All programs are vetted through a comprehensive, quality-evaluation process and designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate the modern demands of online learners. Programs are developed for asynchronous access primarily but may include some synchronous opportunities for real-time interaction using advanced conferencing platforms that function seamlessly on a variety of devices. Our online courses are media-rich environments developed by trained online faculty who collaborate with professional instructional designers to create learning objects that engage and inspire students to succeed.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Although most students are very tech-savvy, there are numerous other factors that impact their potential success in an online program, the most important of which include self-motivation, disciplined study habits and a willingness to engage in online interactions with instructors and other students. Coastal publishes a readiness instrument designed to help students identify their online learning strengths and weakness, and it outputs an adaptive toolkit that prescribes specific strategies they can use to improve their online learning experiences. Other critical advice we offer to online students is to explore thoroughly the significant resources that are available on their program websites; these information hubs contain vital logistics, policy and process details they need to know. Finally, it's essential that online students develop meaningful relationships with their assigned academic advisers; we coach students to make sure they read their emails, attend their orientation webinars, and communicate with them frequently for individual guidance and assurance.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

The lines that previously defined traditional and distance learning continue to blur as new instructional models "blend" or "flip" digital and classroom experiences. All future courses will be online at least partially, even for traditional campus students, and the demand for program flexibility will only increase for learners who have to work their way through school. These students, particularly adult learners, will enjoy much richer and immersive experiences as online technologies continue to improve the development of multimedia learning content that is visually and intellectually engaging. Keep an eye on the horizon for compelling applications in holographic display and motion capture interfaces; the way learners see and interact with instructional content in the future won't be flat, and it will be much more intuitive. Another notable trend, and this really arcs back to the concept of program flexibility, is the return of competency-based learning. Currently, most institutions are stuck in an antiquated term-based model to define when a student starts and finishes a course. In the professional world, success is measured by performance, not time, so look for accelerated growth in the adoption of online course-completion models that define clear expectations of success and allow students to progress at an individualized pace to earn a credential when the target performance level is reached.

Financial Aid in South Carolina

If you're planning to study in South Carolina, you're in luck. According to The College Board's Trends in Student Aid 2015 report, South Carolina actually had the highest grant aid per full-time equivalent undergraduate student. The state also only considered the financial circumstances of 17 percent of its recipients in 2013-2014.

However, the average student in South Carolina graduates with a student loan debt of $29,163, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. To help offset that debt burden, as well as the cost of college in general, it is in every student's best interest to maximize the federal, state and institutional financial aid opportunities available to them.

According to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, student scholarship and grant disbursements for the 2014-2015 school year were comprised of need-based aid (16 percent), merit-based programs (69 percent), lottery tuition assistance (14 percent), and the SC National Guard College Assistance Program (1 percent).

Below you can browse some of the state-based aid programs that you may want to consider if you are planning on earning a degree from a South Carolina school:

South Carolina Scholarships

South Carolina offers just a few state-based scholarship opportunities, but each of those featured below are awarded to a large number of recipients.

The Watson-Brown Foundation provides scholarships to students from the Savannah River Valley who are enrolled in a four-year accredited college or university anywhere in the United States. Students from Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick and Spartanburg counties may apply by submitting transcripts, ACT/SAT scores and letters of recommendation.

  • Application deadline:  February 2017
  • Award amount: $3,000 & $5,000
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 800+
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  Not specified
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Both
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school or undergraduate college student
  • Residency required: Yes
The Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) awards various different scholarships to assist students in reaching their educational goals at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Each scholarship has its own selection criteria and requirements, but the FFTC website provides a comprehensive search and online application process to make it easier for students to find the right scholarship.

  • Application deadline:  March 2017 for most
  • Award amount:  Varies
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 900+
  • Renewable:  Varies
  • Minimum GPA:  Varies
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Varies
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Varies
  • Residency required:  Yes
The South Carolina Teaching Fellows awards students who have a strong desire to become a successful educator in their home state. Applicants will be interviewed and will also need to complete a presentation as part of the selection process. Candidates are expected to have exhibited high academic achievement and provided service to their school and community. Fellow recipients agree to teach in South Carolina for one year for each academic year the scholarship was awarded to them.

  • Application deadline:  December 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $24,000 ($6,000 per year, up to four years)
  • Number of scholarships awarded: 200
  • Renewable:  Yes
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  High school senior
  • Residency required:  Yes

Get the full scholarship scoop, from how to find them to how to get through the application process, in our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

South Carolina Grants

In case you needed another reason to fill out the FAFSA, South Carolina offers a few generous grant programs for students with financial need.

Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at a participating South Carolina public institution. To apply, students must complete the FAFSA and contact the financial aid office at their school to determine eligibility.

  • Application deadline:  N/A, but March 2017 is FAFSA priority date, so earlier is best
  • Award amount:  Up to $2,500
The South Carolina Tuition Grants program is made possible by the annual appropriation of the State General Assembly. The program aims to provide need-based grant assistance to eligible full-time, undergraduate students at participating independent in-state colleges.

  • Application deadline:  June 2017
  • Award amount:  Up to $3,200
South Carolina residents who are either full-time or part-time students attending a two-year public or independent institution in-state may benefit from the LTAP. The grant is not income or need-based, but the FAFSA still must be completed in order to apply.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount:  Up to $1,200

Be sure to read the Ultimate Guide to Grants for advice and strategies on finding grants.

South Carolina Loans

In addition to federal student loans, some families turn to private education lenders to help bridge the gap between what they are offered in their financial aid package and the total cost of attendance. Check out the following lenders that offer products specifically for students with a South Carolina connection.

The PAL is a low, fixed interest rate, private education loan for students or their parents. Students attending a public or not-for profit college or university on at least a half-time basis are eligible for this loan. The student may be a South Carolina resident attending an in-state school or a school elsewhere in the United States. They may also be an out-of-state student attending school in South Carolina.

  • Application deadline:  N/A
  • Award amount: $2,000 minimum
The South Carolina Teachers Loan assists qualified South Carolina students in their goal to become teachers. Funding for the program is limited and can vary, so students are encouraged to apply early. To be eligible, rising freshmen must have been in the top 40 percent of their high school graduating class and have an SAT or ACT score equal to or greater than the South Carolina average. Undergraduate and graduate students must have a GPA of 2.75.

  • Application deadline:  April 2017 for priority filing
  • Award amount:  Up to $2,500 for freshmen and sophomores; up to $5,000 for juniors, seniors and graduate students

Learn more about student loans and how they factor into financial aid in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in South Carolina

Top Cities For Students In South Carolina

From scenic Charleston and majestic Myrtle Beach to Columbia, the Sea Islands, and all points in between, online students in South Carolina live in many different cities and towns. The different large and small population centers in South Carolina offer different salaries, living costs and employment opportunities for college graduates. The following are three prominent cities in South Carolina for online students.

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

Total Population

842,817

Median salary for high school grads

$26,688

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$46,624

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

9.9%

Median rent

$561

Economics

Greenville County is the most populous county in the state and is often called the "economic engine of South Carolina," the Greenville Area Development Corporation (GADC) reports. Greenville offers graduates a wealth of job opportunities ranging from innovative biotechnical companies to specialty manufacturing businesses, the GADC reports. Major employers in the county include Michelin North America, engineering/construction giant Fluor Corporation, Drive Automotive, Honeywell, and Bosch Rexroth Corporation. Large companies headquartered in the region include Kemet Corporation, Sage Automotive and Hubbell Lighting. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin region employed more than 385,000 people in May of 2015 at median annual wages of $31,200, the BLS reports.

Demographics

More than 34 percent of the county's population over the age of 25 had obtained at least a bachelor's degree in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau also noted that median annual earnings for residents with graduate degrees were just shy of $58,000 per year in 2014.

Fun Facts

The average annual temperature in Greenville is a moderate 61 degrees, while the average high is 72 degrees, according to the city's travel and tourism agency. Greenville County is a popular tourist destination, and there are more than 8,500 hotel rooms in the county, Visit Greenville reports.

Columbia, SC

Total Population

784,698

Median salary for high school grads

$26,727

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$44,437

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

12%

Median rent

$647

Economics

The Columbia region is one of the fastest-growing areas of the Southeast, the Columbia Economic Development agency reports. In addition to six major universities, Columbia is home to the Fort Jackson Army Base, the nation's largest army training facility. Fifty percent of all army recruits are trained at Fort Jackson, according to the U.S. Army. Advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and transportation and logistics are staples of Columbia's economy. According to the BLS, there were more than 363,000 people employed in the greater Columbia region in May 2015 at median annual wages of $33,280.

Demographics

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that residents are predominantly educated. In fact, 40.1 percent of residents ages 25 and over had obtained at least a bachelor's degree by 2014. The bureau also notes that residents with graduate degrees earned a median yearly wage of $53,287 in 2014.

Fun Facts

Columbia is named after Christopher Columbus. The city was founded in 1786.

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

Total Population

697,281

Median salary for high school grads

$26,747

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$44,775

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

10.3%

Median rent

$788

Economics

Charleston's economy will always be deeply tied to tourism. Visitors to the historic city bring in billions every year, the Charleston Chamber of Commerce reports. However, over the past 25 years the city has seen a shift away from its traditional military/defense economic drivers to include burgeoning healthcare and manufacturing industries. The BLS reports that the Charleston-North Charleston region employed 317,390 people in May 2015. During this time, the median annual wage of residents was $34,361, according to the BLS.

Demographics

According to the Census Bureau, 40 percent of the population ages 25 and older had a bachelor's degree in 2014. In that year, median annual wages for residents with graduate degrees was just over $58,000, the bureau adds.

Fun Facts

From the American Revolution to the War of 1812 to the Civil War, Charleston has persevered. The first game of golf ever played in the United States was played in Charleston, the National Newspaper Association reports.

 

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  32. Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship, Accessed September 2016, http://www.watson-brown.org/wbf-scholarship/the-program/get-money-for-college
  33. Foundation for the Carolinas Scholarships, Accessed September 2016, http://www.fftc.org/scholarships
  34. South Carolina Teaching Fellows, Accessed September 2016, https://www.cerra.org/teaching-fellows.html
  35. South Carolina Need-Based Grants Program, Accessed September 2016, http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/SCNeed-basedGrantProgram.aspx
  36. South Carolina Tuition Grants, Accessed September 2016, https://sctuitiongrants.org/
  37. Lottery Tuition Assistance Program, Accessed September 2016, http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/LotteryTuitionAssistanceProgram.aspx
  38. Palmetto Assistance Loan, Accessed September 2016, https://www.scstudentloan.org/students/loanprograms/palmettoassistanceloanpal.aspx
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  40. Institute for College Access and Success, Accessed September 2016, http://ticas.org/posd/map-state-data-2015#