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Guide to Online Colleges in South Carolina

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An online college in South Carolina can give you the opportunity to earn an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree at your own pace and around your own schedule. As more than 60 percent of jobs in South Carolina are projected to require postsecondary education by 2020, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, starting a online degree program can help you be prepared for that need.

Here's a brief overview of online colleges in South Carolina:

  • There are more than three dozen online colleges in South Carolina, including traditional universities, more than 10 technical schools, and at least six nonprofit, faith-based schools.
  • Students can earn associate degrees online at 20 of these schools, bachelor's degrees at 25, and master's degrees at 23.
  • The colleges with the most online degree programs include University of South Carolina-Columbia and Strayer University-South Carolina.
  • While degree offerings vary from college to college, the majority of online colleges in South Carolina allow students to focus on fields such as business administration, marketing, psychology and education.

If you've already earned some college credits and you're looking to continue your degree program at a new school, be sure to check out the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center to see your options.

This page can be an invaluable resource for understanding how to pursue a degree at an online college in South Carolina. In addition to a list of the top 10 online colleges in the state, you can find details about South Carolina-specific scholarships and loans to assist you in paying for your online degree program.

What Makes a Good Online College?

If school were a "one size fits all," then we could just declare one best online college and be done with it. However, different people need different things from their education, and to help them find it, we've created multiple rankings of the best online colleges in South Carolina. All schools displayed on this page have been accredited by a South Carolina-relevant accounting body, such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit our "What is College Accreditation?" page to learn why accreditation is important, and the South Carolina Department of Education for details on how it works in South Carolina.

To help students in their search for the right online college, our rankings display facts about each school, including number of online programs offered, average in-state tuition and percent of students awarded financial aid. Check out the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section on our "About Us" page to find out why we believe these factors represent the online college experience in South Carolina.

Best Online Colleges in South Carolina for 2018-19

Before choosing a college, it's crucial to do some research and make sure you're choosing the best institute for you. To help you make your decision, we compared schools and programs in order to rank them based on net costs, graduation rate, the breadth of programs offered and more. Here is our ranking of the 10 best online colleges in South Carolina, based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and our own unique methodology (more details at the bottom of this page). For more rankings, based on criteria you select, check out the Top Colleges Tool.

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1

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,862
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.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
31
School Type
4-year

The University of South Carolina is built on a rich history that first started over 200 years ago, growing and evolving around the original Horseshoe quadrangle, building by building. This public research university has received multiple awards for its leadership and for the quality of several of its graduate degree programs over the years, and it has the honor of having received both Research and Community Engagement designations from the Carnegie Foundation.

When it comes to distance education, UofSC offers numerous bachelor's degree completion programs through Palmetto College and a 12-month RN-to-BSN program, but its main focus is its array of online graduate programs. Students can pursue subjects such as education, nursing, public health, library science, information technology and multiple different kinds of engineering through this enduring institution.

2

Clemson University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$15,116
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.
23%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
40
School Type
4-year

Clemson Tigers are fiercely dedicated to their school. According to the university, 92 percent of their seniors vow they would pick Clemson for their college experience again if they had to do it all over. As part of their goals to improve the economy and quality of life in South Carolina and beyond, Clemson has research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state — and they have also created Clemson Online, an online learning platform that offers various degree programs to aspiring Tigers across the country.

Students can pursue a variety of graduate program options via Clemson Online, from graduate certificate programs to master's and doctoral degree programs to unique "professional" programs created out of partnerships with corporate and academic groups. The school takes particular pride in its Master of Education (M.Ed.) in teaching and learning, which comes with three possible specializations: STEAM, experiential learning for early childhood, or instructional coaching.

3

Columbia International University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$22,390
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.
44%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

Columbia International University is a proud Christian school that offers online degrees, courses and seminary programs, all of which are taught with a biblical perspective. CIU students can choose from one of two different undergraduate programs: an Associate of Arts in business, or a Bachelor of Science in business. Graduate students have more program choices available to them, ranging from religious subjects — such as theological studies or Muslim studies — to more earthly topics — such as intercultural studies or business administration. University-sponsored financial aid and online technical support are also available.

4

Anderson University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$26,970
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.
42%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

Located in Anderson, South Carolina, sits Anderson University — a comprehensive liberal arts university dedicated to helping students improve not just their careers, but their communities. While the school started as a brick-and-mortar university, they've extended their offerings to include several online degree programs and courses.

By accessing AU Online, students can choose from a selection of undergraduate degree programs, master's programs, or the university's sole online doctoral program: a Doctor of Ministry. These programs cover many diverse areas of interest, including human services, education, music, organizational leadership or business administration.

In addition to its multiple programs, Anderson University offers a special perk for its online students: journey coaches. Once you sign up for online learning with the school, a journey coach from your field of study should contact you to help you through each stage of the online learning process: from admissions, to applying for financial aid, all the way up to transferring credits.

5

Florence-Darlington Technical College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,534
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.
79%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

Florence-Darlington Technical College was the first college in South Carolina to offer Internet-delivered degree programs to its students. While many other schools have come to follow its example, Florence-Darlington continues to distinguish itself among them. The college encourages a community focused on entrepreneurship and workforce development, with the ultimate goal of helping graduates enter the workforce.

As a technical college, FDTC offers online associate degree programs in topics such as marketing, robotics production and criminal justice technology, as well as certificate programs in accounting, international business, management and robotics assembly technician. The school's online courses and programs are offered via the school's Desire2Learn online platform, which makes it easy to access online lectures, message boards and classroom materials. Online technical support is also available.

6

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,020
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.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
2-year

The Technical College of the Lowcountry can actually trace its roots back to the Mather School, established in 1868 for daughters of former slaves. Today, TCL is one of 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System, and it offers several options for online learners to enhance their education. The college offers fully online degree programs in business, computer technology, criminal justice and more, as well as online certificate programs in fields such as education and hospitality management. Individual online courses are also available to help fulfill the requirements for TCL programs that are not offered completely online.

Distance learners at TCL are afforded their own academic advisor and a host of resources at a distance, including online paper review and 24/7 online tutoring. The school also hosts a tool that helps prospective transfer students to determine which of their credits can be transferred into and out of TCL.

Accreditation:

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

Location:

921 Ribaut Road,
Beaufort, SC 29901
 
7

Lander University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,700
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.
25%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

From a private college for women founded by Samuel Lander in 1872, Lander University has grown into a coeducational four-year institute based out of Greenwood, South Carolina. Alongside its size and reputation, the university's distance learning options have also grown over the years. Some of the online degrees Lander makes available to be earned by students include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses (RN-BSN)
  • Master of Education in teaching & learning
  • Master of Science in emergency management
  • Master of Science in Nursing, clinical nurse leadership
  • Health Care Management Certificate (HCMT) program

For over 50 years, Lander has held a respected position in the field of nursing education, so it's no surprise that health care and nursing programs make up so many of its online learning opportunities. However, if you're interested in other subjects, Lander also offers online courses for many of its on-campus degree programs, giving students options for online learning in fields such as chemistry, education, history and philosophy.

8

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$12,056
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.
18%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

The Citadel Military College of South Carolina is constantly striving to live up to its core values of "honor, duty, and respect." A key distinguishing feature of the Citadel is its Corps of Cadets: students from about 45 states and a dozen countries that live and study under a classical military system at the Citadel.

The flexibility and convenience of online learning can make it well-suited for students who are serving in the military, and this is a fact the Citadel well realizes. Through the Citadel Graduate College (CGC), the Citadel hosts evening and online courses for its students, helping students with a military lifestyle to earn the education they need. Program options include undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects such as criminal justice, business administration and intelligence & security studies. Resources are also available, including online library access, an online help desk chat, an academic support center and online career counseling.

9

Winthrop University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$15,220
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.
33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

Established as a training school for teachers in 1886, Winthrop University continues to uphold its original dedication to the advancement of knowledge. The school offers fully online master's degree programs in arts administration, special education intervention, social work, and business administration with a concentration in either strategic leadership or marketing. Though the courses may all be online, students can still earn hands-on learning experience through internships, field practicums, case studies, capstone research projects and other interactive assignments.

At Winthrop University, online learners are afforded nearly all of the same resources as on-campus students, including 24/7 technical support, career services, student services and more.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE)

Location:

701 Oakland Ave, Rock Hill,
SC 29733
 
10

Coastal Carolina University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,200
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.
35%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14
School Type
4-year

Coastal Carolina University is the fourth-largest university in the state of South Carolina. This is particularly amazing considering the school launched as a small junior college, and relatively recently compared to many of its fellow South Carolina colleges — it was founded in 1954.

While the school still offers most of its degree programs on-campus, it launched its own online learning platform several years ago. The mission of Coastal's Office of Online Learning (COOL) is to "offer high-quality and high-value online courses and programs targeting in-demand content areas aligned to the academic strengths of the University," according to the school.

Students who sign up for COOL distance learning can choose to pursue undergraduate degrees in topics such as: hospitality, resort and tourism management (HRTM); geospatial technologies; and marketing. Online graduate programs are also available in various fields of business, education and technology, as are a handful of professional certificate programs.

Affordable Online Colleges in South Carolina for 2018-19

Although there are many different affordable online colleges in South Carolina, the lists below ranks some of the most affordable two- and four-year colleges in the state. The list was 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.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Williamsburg Technical College$4,3445%1wiltech.edu
    Greenville Technical College$4,80646%2gvltec.edu
    Aiken Technical College$4,82846%1atc.edu
    Trident Technical College$4,86064%13tridenttech.edu
    Piedmont Technical College$4,98563%6ptc.edu
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    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.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    University of South Carolina-Aiken$10,50231%2web.usca.edu
    South Carolina State University$10,74023%1scsu.edu
    Francis Marion University$10,74215%2fmarion.edu
    Coastal Carolina University$11,20035%14coastal.edu
    University of South Carolina-Upstate$11,52036%4uscupstate.edu

Financial Aid Resources in South Carolina

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.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in South Carolina? 

Below you can browse some of South Carolina's state-based grants and scholarships.

1.South Carolina Tuition Grants
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a qualified South Carolina resident attending as a full-time student an eligible South Carolina Independent College who applies annually by submitting the FAFSA. Applicant must demonstrate financial need using the federal methodology. Award is for fall and spring semesters only (no summer school).
Award Amount
$2,600
Application Deadline
June 30
Renewable
Renewable for up to four years if recipient passes 24 semester hours per year and meets college satisfactory academic progress requirements.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.Henry DeWitt Plyler Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of Lancaster County, S.C.
Award Amount
$6,000
Application Deadline
February 1
Renewable
Recipient must meet specified requirements, pending money available.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Valedictorian Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a South Carolina resident or a graduate of a South Carolina high school. Applicant must rank first in his or her secondary school class and have a minimum combined SAT I score of 1150.
Award Amount
$3,000
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Minimum 3.0 GPA is required to retain scholarship.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Harper Gault Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a resident of York County, SC and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
Award Amount
$500
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Renewable when funded and if the recipient maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL

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

Student Loans in South Carolina

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

Costs for Out-of-State Students in South Carolina

South Carolina is part of the Academic Common Market (ACM), a long-time tuition discount program administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SBRE) that allows students from its 15 states to attend college in all member states at in-state tuition costs. The member states are mainly in the south, such as Kentucky, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, but extend as far north as Maryland.

If you are an out-of-state student in South Carolina, you can contact an ACM coordinator to get the process started and can choose from nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees. If you don't hail from one of the 15 member states, you still have some options to reduce your out-of-state tuition costs. For instance, the University of South Carolina grants in-state tuition and legal resident status to members of the armed forces on active duty and their families.

If you want to put some very specific numbers on the cost of your out-of-state tuition, you might like the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education's Palmetto Calculator, which is part of the Get Smart South Carolina initiative.

 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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