bright-yellow-square-color-swatch Clemson University In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for Clemson University.

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Clemson University Tuition Overview:

Includes tuition cost, mandatory fees and average fees for lab.

$31,824 out-of-state tuition

$13,808 in-state tuition

$18,016 tuition savings/year


Clemson Total Cost of Attendance:

Includes average estimates for off-campus room/board, transportation, and personal expenses.

$44,928 out-of-state residents

$26,912 in-state residents

$18,016 savings/year


Clemson University In-State Requirements:

Clemson University is common in that the school requires you to prove you moved to South Carolina for more than just school and that you are in fact a new true-blue South Carolina resident. There are things everyone must do upon moving to a new home state (i.e. obtain in-state driver’s license). One important thing to note is that living in the dorms or on-campus at this university does not count for proof of the necessary in-state address. Dorms are required for freshman, but there are some alternative options that would allow you to progress toward residency your first year in South Carolina. On top of domiciliary aspects, you must be prepared to provide evidence that you are employed in and by the state of South Carolina AND if you are under 22 that you can financially support yourself to a certain degree.

In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is a person who:

  • can remain in South Carolina throughout the one-year domicile period with limited absences
  • is willing and able to live off-campus
  • can work in South Carolina and dominantly support self
  • is able to get student loans as needed
  • can sever all ties to other states


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Clemson University Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $18,016 is pretty significant and adds Clemson University into the mix among colleges in the country with the largest difference between in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition.


Clemson University Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at Clemson:

  1. Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.
  2. Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later


Clemson University Grants:

Clemson awards $2,500 renewable grants to non-resident students will substantial financial need.  Consideration for the grants requires test scores of at least 1250 SAT (combined reading and math) or 28 ACT.  The grant is in addition to any other scholarships.

Clemson University Scholarships:

Non-Resident Merit Scholarship

Clemson awards non-resident students a renewable merit scholarship of at least $7,500 if they rank in the top 10% of their high school class and earned SAT score of 1250+ (combined reading and math) or ACT score of at least 28.  Higher test scores qualify for higher amounts, up to $15,000.

Restricted Scholarships

Clemson has hundreds of restricted scholarships available, usually money donated by alumni and other friends of the school.  Incoming freshman are automatically matched from their application and FAFSA to potential scholarships, and typically about 15% of students are offered one of these scholarships.

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$31,824 out-of-state tuition/year

$13,808 in-state tuition/year

$18,016 potential savings/year

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