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Tuition and Fees

Southern College of Optometry Accepts Applications from All States and Foreign Countries.

Limited positions are available for applicants from the following regional states participating in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) contract program or other types of state supported tuition assistance programs:

  • ARKANSAS
  • GEORGIA 
  • KANSAS 
  • LOUISIANA 
  • MISSISSIPPI 
  • SOUTH CAROLINA
  • TENNESSEE
  • WEST VIRGINIA


To be eligible for one of the regional positions, the applicant must be a bona fide resident of that state and be so certified by the appropriate state authority. Residency certification instructions are provided after the application for admission is received. It should be noted that residency certification does not guarantee a regional position, as these positions are limited. Once the applicant has been admitted to the college, the state of residence may not be changed for regional consideration. Since SCO is a private school, please note that if you are not a Tennessee resident at the time of application, you cannot become a Tennessee resident for tuition purposes at any time during your enrollment.


Optometry School Tuition at SCO:

Non-Regional Tuition for
2022-2023 Academic Year:

$39,938

 

Regional Tuition for
2022-2023 Academic Year:
 

Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina

$20,738

Kansas

$33,438

Tennessee

$27,120

West Virginia

$28,428





Textbooks:

$440 Approximate for First Year

 

Equipment:

 $3,445 Approximate for First Year

 

Fees:

$420

 

Health Insurance:

$2,525 (Annual)**


**Students can opt out of college health insurance by completing waiver request and showing coverage from a different source (i.e. parents).

 


Other than the fees listed above, the remaining expenses a student will encounter are housing and living costs. SCO does not have on-campus housing, but the school is located in an area with numerous affordable apartment complexes and single-family homes. According to the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association, Memphis has one of the lowest costs of living indexes in the nation among cities with populations of more than 500,000.

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