Tuition for the Online Associate and Bachelor’s Degree

Tuition for the Online Associate and Bachelor’s Degree


  • - SMC has the lowest online per-credit-hour cost of ANY public/private four-year college or university in South Carolina.
  • - Average cost per semester for online students: $2,069, including books and fees.*
  • - One low fee includes books and course materials, plus access to campus services, including virtual tutoring and mental health/wellness services, career services, graduation activities, and much more.
*Your cost may be higher or lower depending on your financial situation. The number presented is an average for planning purposes.

Questions? Contact your SMC Online Admissions Counselor to learn more about your personal tuition cost: 1-864-587-4240.

A lower cost-per-credit hour adds up to huge savings for your degree.

Your total tuition costs will depend on several factors:

  • Financial aid may significantly lower your cost-per-credit hour even further.
  • If you bring any previous college credits with you or qualify for Prior Learning Credits for work or life experiences, your overall degree cost may also be reduced.

SMC Online Tuition and Fees

Per Credit Hour: $335
Academic Resource Fee: $450 (INCLUDES BOOKS & COURSE MATERIALS)

How to plan:

  • Most courses are 3-credit hours.
  • Most students take one or two courses per Enrollment Period or EP (8 weeks).
  • There are five 8-week EPs each year, for a maximum of 10 courses each year, or 30 credit hours.
  • The Academic Resource Fee INCLUDES E-BOOKS and Course Materials!
    • You pay the Academic Resource Fee once every 16 weeks and in the summer if you enroll for May (Academic Resource Fee is typically reduced for the May EP).

Financial aid, transfer courses, and credit for work/life experiences can significantly lower the cost of your degree.

Your SMC Admission and Financial Aid Counselors will work closely with you to make sure you have all the information you need to afford your SMC degree.