Students who are non-residents of South Carolina may be eligible for funds that cover a portion of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. These funds are a form of financial aid provided by the institution.

Requirements & Eligibility

To qualify for an abatement, an out-of-state student must be awarded an assistantship or qualifying scholarship.  Athletic or external scholarships do not qualify out-of-state students for an abatement.  Regular student employment also does not qualify out-of-state students for an abatement.  Priority is given to students enrolled full-time, at least 6 hours of graduate credit.

Students holding the following classification or status are not eligible for abatement funding:

  • Non-degree
  • Academic probation or dismissal
  • Enrolled in a fully online program
  • Certificate-only student, not also matriculated into a master's program
  • Joint program student whose home institution is The Citadel
  • Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's student who has not yet earned a Bachelor's degree

Note: Students enrolled beyond their second year are not guaranteed abatement funding and are encouraged to connect with the Office of Legal Residency.  

How Abatements are Calculated

One hour of baseline abatement funding is calculated by subtracting the cost of one credit hour of in-state tuition from the cost of one credit hour of out-of-state tuition.  However, the final abatement amount is dependent on several factors:

  • How many graduate credit hours enrolled during each semester
  • A student's graduate program
  • A student's year in the program (first-year, second-year, etc.)

Questions about residency status should be directed to the Office of Legal Residency.

Current tuition rates are available on the Treasurer's website.

Contact the Graduate School with questions.