Cost of college went down for all students at Virginia College-Charleston


Tuition and fees fell 35.8 percent for 2017-18 at Virginia College-Charleston, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

South Carolina students paid $15,550 to attend the four-year private for-profit institution this year $8,670 less than the $24,220 charged for 2016-17.

Data shows 72 percent of full-time undergraduates who started school in 2015-16 received student financial aid in some form. In all, 46 students received grants or scholarships totaling $216,877 and 48 students took out student loans totaling more than $398,366.

Including all undergraduates, 300 students used grants or scholarships totaling $1.35 million. Another 279 took out $2.84 million in federal student loans.

The cost of attending
Enrollment
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Change in tuition and fees 2014-15 to 2017-18
~301
$23,320
$23,320
$24,220
$15,550
-33.3%

Undergraduate financial aid
The following data includes only full-time students who began an undergraduate program at the Virginia College-Charleston in 2015-16.
Type of Aid
Number of students receiving aid
Percent receiving aid
Total amount of aid received
Average amount of aid per student
Federal grants
45
65%
$214,177
$4,759
State / local grant or scholarship
0
0%
$0
Institutional grants or scholarships
4
6%
$2,700
$675
Grant or scholarship aid total
46
67%
$216,877
$4,715
Federal student loans
48
70%
$398,366
$8,299
Other student loans
0
0%
$0
Student loan aid
48
70%
$398,366
$8,299
Total student aid
50
72%

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the cost of attendance, which includes both tuition and fees.

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