Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Fine Arts Events at SWU

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

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 (2018 - 2019) $24,926
Combined Fees for year $550
Room for year (double) $4,110 (minimum)
Board for year $4,920
Total Basic Costs $34,506

This amount is prior to any financial aid being awarded. Apartments and Mullinax have a different Room & Board structure. Other fees may apply for those students taking labs and private music lessons.

Full list of costs and fees below

2018-19 Tuition and Fees

SWU Scholarships & Grants

Federal & State Aid Options

Further Reading

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
(Pew Research Center, 2014)

Student Debt: Myths and Facts PDF
(The Council of Independent Colleges, 2016)

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's four ways to earn your bachelor's degree in three years.

Complete Tuition and Fee Schedule
2018-2019 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 - On campus (per credit hour)
Summer School Tuition - Online (per credit hour)
Senior Citizen Tuition - 65 and older (per credit hour) (10% part-time tuition)
High School Student Tuition (per credit hour) (10% part-time tuition)


Room and Board

New Residence Hall — Double
New Residence Hall — Single in designed single room
New Residence Hall – Single in designed double room
New Residence Hall – Triple in designed triple room
New Residence Hall – Quad in designed quad room
Mullinax Hall - Double
Mullinax Hall – Single in designed double room
Campus Apartments — Occupancy of 4
Evatt Residence Hall
14 Meal Plan*
21 Meal Plan**
Housing security deposit (all housing)***

* 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 the New Residence Hall.

*** Rooms are reserved upon receipt of the housing security deposit and tuition deposit (incoming students). The room security deposit is refundable upon graduation or transfer, provided that rooms occupied have been returned to the school in the condition in which they were rented and the accounts have been cleared.


Activity Fee (full-time) (per semester)
$ 125
Activity Fee (6-11 credit hours) (per semester)
Application Fee (non-refundable)
Auditing Fee (per credit hour)(10% part-time tuition)
Basic Painting Fee 100
Camps and Retreats Fee 50
Challenge Exam Fee - CPSC 1103 80
Clemson Co-op Fee (per credit hour)
CLEP/DSST (Dantes) Posting Fee
Criminal Justice Course Fee
Departmental Exam Fee (10% part-time tuition) (per credit hour)
Directed Study Fee (per credit hour)
Education Practica Fee
Education Practica Fee  (100+ hrs.)
Exercise Science Fee
Finance Charge — 2pay, 4pay
$20, $60
Gymnastics Fee
Kayaking Fee 40
Late Fee
Pre-clinical Fee
Private Music Lessons (per credit hour)
Returned Check Fee
Science Course Travel Fee
Science Lab Fee 75
Scuba Fee 300
Student Teaching Fee (semester of teaching only)
SWOOP/Outdoor Orientation Fee
Technology Fee (per semester)
Technology Fee for High School Student (per credit hour)
Transcript Fee
Tuition Deposit (non-refundable after May 1 for Fall and Dec 1 for Spring)
Urban Ministry Plunge Fee 375
Vehicle Registration Fee 25

OneLife Students

Tuition - 12 credit hours
Stuart-Bennett Housing
Meal Plan
Application Fee
Late Fee
Returned Check Fee
Housing Security Deposit
Transcript Fee
Tuition Deposit
Summer Courses (per credit hour)


Microsoft Office 365

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.


Refund Policies

On-Campus Undergraduate Program

Southern Wesleyan University considers the acceptance of a registration slip as a contract binding the student for charges for 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 1st week of the semester: 100%
  • 2nd week of the semester: 100%
  • 3rd week of the semester: 75%
  • 4th week of the semester: 50%
  • 5th week of the semester: 25%

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

There will be no refund of fees after the second 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).

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

One day of summer session is equivalent to one week of regular session. Summer school is charged at the rate of 25% per day. Summer online courses may have a withdrawal fee assessed if a student drops the course after the educational resources have been shipped or an e-book has been viewed. If the unused, unmarred educational resources are returned to the University, the withdrawal fee may be removed.

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