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Office of Financial Aid

Net Price Calculator

The College Affordability Estimator (“Estimator”) is a net price calculator for students and parents to obtain an estimate of what a first-time, full-time degree-seeking student at Winthrop University may expect to pay each year.   A first-time, full-time degree-seeking student is a student who has never enrolled in college as a degree-seeking student and who enrolls in at least 12 credit hours of coursework per semester. 

The net cost provided by the Estimator is calculated by subtracting your estimated grant aid from your estimated cost of attendance.  Estimates for grant aid and cost of attendance are based on grant aid and costs for first-time, full-time students for the previous academic year.   

The estimated net cost is not a final estimate of a student’s cost and may change depending on the student’s financial aid award package and cost of attendance each academic year. 

Total cost of attendance is the average cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and transportation and miscellaneous expenses from the previous academic year.  Grant aid estimates reflect a combination of federal and state need-based awards received by first-time, full-time students during the previous academic year. 

To be considered for any type of federal student aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  In addition to need-based grant aid, students may also qualify for need-based loans, work-study, and non-need-based loans.  Please visit Types of Financial Aid to learn more about the variety of assistance available to Winthrop University students.  

Tips for Using the Estimator: 

The accuracy of your estimated net cost is directly affected by the information you report.  Supplying inaccurate information will result in an inaccurate net cost.  

Below are some tips to obtain an effective net cost when using the Estimator: 

  • Have your last year’s federal income tax return, and that of your parents, available when answering questions regarding adjusted gross income and federal income taxes. 
  • When answering questions regarding adjusted gross income:  
    • Using the federal income tax return, enter the amount in the box below “Enter adjusted gross income directly from the federal income tax form.” 
    • For tax year 2010, adjusted gross income is on IRS form 1040 – line 37; 1040A – line 21; or 1040EZ – line 4. 
    • If you do not have a federal income tax return available, you may estimate adjusted gross income.  Your estimated net cost will be more accurate if you do not estimate adjusted gross income. 
  • When answering questions regarding how much federal income taxes were paid last year:
    • Using the federal income tax return, enter the amount of Total Tax in the box. 
    • For tax year 2010, income tax amount is on IRS form 1040 – line 55; 1040A – line 35; or 1040EZ – line 11. 
    • If you do not have the federal income tax return available, click on the Estimate Taxes button.  Your estimated net cost will be more accurate if you do not estimate taxes paid. 
  • Read questions carefully and answer them as accurately as possible. 
  • IMPORTANT:  Do not answer the questions beyond the student income information if you are not going to be a first-time, full-time student at Winthrop University.  These questions determine scholarship eligibility for new freshmen only. 
    • Academic Scholarships are only awarded to new freshmen who meet certain minimum criteria.  Therefore, questions regarding GPA and SAT/ACT scores contained in Winthrop’s net price calculator will only apply new freshman students.  
    • South Carolina Scholarships are only awarded to qualifying students who are considered residents of the State of South Carolina for tuition purposes (both at high school graduation and initial college entry) as per South Carolina State law (Statutory Authority:  1976 Code Sections 59-112-10 to 59-112-100). 

Winthrop University's College Affordability Estimator