A college education represents a substantial investment for families, and most students will need to apply for some type of financial assistance. 

The Office of Financial Aid assists eligible students and families in obtaining the necessary funds to pursue a course of study at Lander University. In addition to providing information and guidance with the completion of required documents, our counselors can help you determine your eligibility for a comprehensive array of federal, state and institutional aid.

2021-22 Cost Estimator

Basic Expenses per Semester, Full-Time Students

Tuition & Fees, Undergraduate
 12 Hour Load Constitutes Full Time Undergraduate
$5,850 (in-state); $10,650 (out-of-state) 
Tuition & Fees, Graduate
6 Hour Load Constitutes Full Time Graduate
Room and Board $4,550 - $5,550*
Books $600 (average) 

*Based on Fall 2020 rates for All-Access meal plan and double occupancy suite. Costs vary according to residence hall and meal plan.

Fees by semester:

*All fees are subject to change.


New First Responder Rate

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Many Lander students receive financial assistance in the form of state-sponsored scholarships, such as LIFE, HOPE and Palmetto Fellows; as well as institutional scholarships, which include academic and merit-based awards, departmental scholarships, transfer student scholarships and athletic grants-in-aid. Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are typically renewed automatically, if the student meets eligibility criteria.

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Applying for Financial Aid

Lander uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to award all federal and state-sponsored financial aid offered at the university. It is the only application the university requires to begin the financial aid process, and a new FAFSA must be completed each year. A FAFSA may be completed any time after January 1. The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is November 1 each year.

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Federal and state grants are awarded based on the criteria determined by the donor. Like scholarships, grants do not have to be repaid provided the student meets all awarding criteria and conditions. Opportunities include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), S.C. Need-Based Grant, and S.C. National Guard College Assistance Program (CAP), among others.

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Our financial aid counselors can help you identify and pursue funding through state and federal loans. Unlike scholarships and grants, loans must be repaid according to the terms of the loan. To ensure you graduate with as little debt as possible, caution should be used when considering borrowing. The Money Smart online educational tool, offered by the FDIC, is an easy-to-use resource that can help you learn the basics of personal financial management.

Financial Aid Forms

The Financial Aid Office provides convenient online access to many forms and other paperwork required to complete the financial aid process.

Other Financial Aid Opportunities