Students at the University of South Carolina will pay 3.25 percent more in tuition on average to attend the state’s flagship university starting this fall.
The school’s board of trustees approved the hike Friday, USC’s largest in five years.
Undergraduates from South Carolina will pay $11,855 for tuition during the upcoming academic year, $373 more than in 2015-16. Out-of-state students will pay $31,283, up $985 from last year.
“We think the 3.25 percent is prudent,” USC President Harris Pastides said. “It’s something that we hoped that our in-state residents could live with.”
USC’s 3.25 percent tuition hike is in line with tuition increases at other four-year public colleges across the state.
Clemson University this week approved a 3.14 percent tuition increase for S.C. students and a 4.27 percent increase for out-of-state students.
USC also will increase its average traditional housing charge for students by 4 percent to $5,130 next year and will bump up the cost of a 10-meal-a-week dining plan by 2.2 percent to $2,764 a year.
In a statement, Pastides lamented the lack of state taxpayer funding for South Carolina’s largest public college. About 10.5 percent of USC’s $1.5 billion budget this year comes from the state.
State support for S.C. colleges has waned since the Great Recession. In 2007-08, state dollars accounted for 23 percent of USC’s then-$1 billion budget. USC has increased tuition every year since 1987.
USC chief financial officer Leslie Brunelli said a state-mandated 3.25 percent pay raise for state employees will cost the school about $11.8 million. The state is expected to provide $4.4 million of that total, but USC must pay the rest from tuition revenue, university spokesman Wes Hickman said.
Tuition revenues will account for nearly 48 percent of USC’s budget next year.
USC’s board did not discuss raising fees for student parking permits Friday to pay for $12.5 million in campus-wide parking improvements.
Last month, USC said it would raise parking fees for faculty and staff. But officials said trustees had not yet decided on an increase for student permits.
Tuition rates rise
Tuition hikes that S.C. four-year public colleges have announced for next fall
In state: +2.9 percent; $648 added; $22,928 total (1)
Out of state: +3.1 percent; $1,310 added; $44,006 total (1)
In state: +3.14 percent; $436 added; $14,318 total
Out of state: +4.27 percent; $1,400 added; $34,200 total
In state: +3.29 percent; $346 added; $10,876 total (2)
Out of state: +3.29 percent; $800 added; $25,120 total (2)
College of Charleston
In state: +3.5 percent; $385 added; $11,386 total
Out of state: + 3.5 percent; $999 added; $29,444 total
In state: +3.25 percent; $311 added; $9,880 total
Out of state: +3.25 percent; $624 added; $19,760 total
In state: +3.25 percent; $328 added; $10,416 total
Out of state: +3.25 percent; $646 added; $20,502 total
In state: +3.25 percent; $373 added; $11,855 total
Out of state: +3.25 percent, $985 added; $31,283 total
In state: +2.5 percent; $354 added; $14,510 total
Out of state: +2.5 percent; $686 added; $28,090 total
(1) For upperclassmen