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On-Campus Tuition and Costs

The value of a Christian education is one of the few really important investments in life. Southern Wesleyan University provides an outstanding educational experience at a reasonable cost. We offer many resources and are committed to assisting you. We can help in obtaining institutional scholarships and grants, federal and state aid, campus employment and/or loans to help you finance your education at Southern Wesleyan.

Basic Full-Time Expenses (per year)

Tuition for the year (2024-2025) $27,800
Combined fees for the year $2,000
Room for the year (double) $4,590 (minimum)
Board for the year $5,536
Total Basic Costs $39,926

This amount is prior to any financial aid being awarded. Campus Apartments have a different room & board structure. Other fees may apply for those students taking labs, private music lessons, or other course fees.

Full list of costs and fees below

2024-25 Tuition and Fees

SWU Scholarships & Grants

Federal & State Aid Options

Further Reading

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
(Pew Research Center)

Student Debt: Myths and Facts PDF
(The Council of Independent Colleges, 2018)

Bachelor's Degree in Three Years

Another way to cut down on tuition and room and board costs is by earning your bachelor's degree in three years. With the right work ethic and planning, it can be done. Here are four ways to earn your bachelor's degree in three years.

Value Added Services

The following services are available to every student:


Complete Tuition and Fee Schedule
2024-2025 On-Campus Program

(All prices are in US dollars and per semester unless otherwise indicated.)


Tuition - block of 12-18 credit hours
Part-time Tuition - fewer than 12 hours (per credit hour under block)
Overload Tuition - more than 18 hours (per credit hour over block)
Summer School Tuition - (per credit hour)
Senior Citizen Tuition - 65 and older (per credit hour for audit/non-degree seeking only)
High School Student Tuition (per credit hour)


Room and Board

Joiner Hilson Complex — Double
Joiner Hilson Complex — Single in designed single room
Joiner Hilson Complex – Single in designed double room
Joiner Hilson Complex – Triple in designed triple room
Joiner Hilson Complex – Quad in designed quad room
Jericho House - Double ($350 per month)
Jericho House - Single ($550 per month)
Mullinax Hall - Double
Mullinax Hall – Single in designed double room
East Campus Apartments — Occupancy of 4
14 Meal Plan*
21 Meal Plan**
Key Replacement (per key) Residence Hall
Key Replacement (per key) Apartments
Key Replacement (per key) Unreported****

* The 14 meal plan is a minimum requirement for apartment residents.

** The 21 meal plan is required of all students who reside in Mullinax Hall and Joiner Hilson Complex.

***The enrollment deposit is refundable upon graduation or transfer, provided that there are no fines and that accounts have been cleared. Rooms for residential students are reserved upon receipt of the enrollment deposit (incoming students). 

****Lost keys must be reported and replaced immediately by students for the safety of the entire living community. This charge is representative of the respective student not initiating replacement of a lost key.

For 24-25: Per DOD MOU requirements, the average per credit hour cost of our block tuition rate is $926.67.


Domestic Application Fee (non-refundable)
International Application Fee (non-refundable)
Auditing Fee (per credit hour)(10% part-time tuition)
Challenge Exam Fee
Clemson Co-op Fee (per credit hour)
CLEP/DSST (Dantes) Posting Fee
Clinical for Student Teaching
Credit/Debit Card Fee
Criminal Justice Course Fee
Diploma Reorder Fee
Directed Study Fee (per credit hour)
Education Practica Fee
Exercise Science Fee
Finance Charge — 2-pay, 3-pay, 4-pay
$30, $50, $70
Gymnastics Fee
Enrollment Deposit (On-Campus)***
Kayaking Fee 40
Late Fee
Pre-clinical Fee
Private Music Lesson Fee (per credit hour)
Returned Check Fee
Science Course Travel Fee
Science Lab Fee 75
Scuba Fee 300
Student Resource Fee (Full Time Student) (per semester)


Student Resource Fee (Part Time Student) (per semester)


Technology Fee for High School Student (per credit hour)
Transcript Fee
Vehicle Registration Fee 35

Microsoft Office365

Southern Wesleyan University is excited to offer Microsoft Office365 Pro Plus to all SWU students. Office365 Pro Plus allows students to download Microsoft Office Professional 2013 onto a maximum for 5 computers for free. This offering of Office 2013 is available once a student is in class and has received their SWU email account.


SWU’s online bookstore has plenty of options for buying or renting the books you need, whether you prefer physical copies or eBooks.

Refund Policies

On-Campus Undergraduate Program

Southern Wesleyan University considers the enrollment in at least one course as a contract binding the student for charges the entire semester.  However, when withdrawal from school or a class becomes necessary, reduction in charges (tuition-only) will be made according to the following scale:

  • During the 1st week of the semester: 100%
  • 2nd week of the semester: 67%
  • 3rd week of the semester: 33%

After the third week, there will be no reduction in tuition charges.

There will be no refund of fees after the first week.

Meal plans will be adjusted on a weekly basis, any part of a week counting as a whole week.

Room will be adjusted by the month, any part of a month counting as a whole month (4 weeks equal 1 month). No refunds will be made on rooms after 8 weeks (2 months).

In the event of a national pandemic, Southern Wesleyan University may treat graduating seniors in the directly affected semester as a separate group and address the room accordingly.

No refund will be issued to students compelled to leave school for disciplinary reasons.

No refund will be made for private music lessons missed unless the student has made proper arrangements ahead of time.


On-campus students must contact the Director of Retention prior to initiating a withdrawal from the university. No financial adjustments will be made if the student fails to withdraw properly, and a grade of F will be assigned for each course not successfully completed.

A permanent withdrawal during an academic award period may reduce or eliminate financial aid or VA assistance and/or eligibility and require that all or part of the assistance received be refunded to the lender.  Students who receive Title IV financial assistance are subject to refund policies for their financial aid that are different from the one described above. When a student withdraws, a refund calculation which determines the amount of Title IV aid earned will be used to determine the amount of funds that must be returned to the sources.

Refunds calculated are returned to sources in the following order:

  1. Loan proceeds
  2. Grant proceeds
  3. Other federal, state, private, or institutional sources of aid.

Students receiving financial assistance may be required to repay an appropriate amount of the assistance advanced for the semester of withdrawal.

Refund schedules and examples for all Title IV programs are available from the Office of Financial Aid.

A student who wishes to withdraw should contact his or her faculty advisor, the Director of Retention, and the Office of Financial Aid before initiating a withdrawal. 


If withdrawal is requested prior to the course start date, the student is eligible for a full tuition credit for that course.  If withdrawal is requested after the course start date but before the start of the second week, 90% of tuition (whether or not the student ever attended) will be credited.  If withdrawal is requested after the second week of the course, no tuition adjustment will be made.  There will be no refund of fees after the start of the course.