Like other public colleges statewide, the University of South Carolina plans its smallest tuition hike for in-state students in recent years, the school announced Friday.
Tuition for in-state students at the Columbia campus will rise 3.15 percent next school year -- the smallest hike sine 1999. That's an increase of $320 to $10,488. The tuition includes mandatory fees for technology and student activities.
Out-of-state students at USC-Columbia will pay $1,291 more with a 4.9 percent hike in a 2012-13. Tuition will rise to $27,463.
This is the first time in recent memory that out-of-state students had a different rate hike than in-state students, USC officials said.
The proposed tuition increases will become final when the full USC Board of Trustees meet on June 29. The board's executive committee approved the tuition hike on Friday.
USC’s tuition increases in the past 10 years have ranged from 3.6 to 15 percent, according to S.C. Commission on Higher Education data. Tuition has more than doubled since in-state students paid $5,024 in 2002.
Most state schools -- including Clemson, Winthrop and College of Charleston -- have announced in-state tuition hikes of about 3 percent for next year.
S.C. State and Coastal Carolina will not change tuition for 2012-13. Coastal Carolina, however, is offering a one-time $100 credit for in-state students next year, which lowers tuition at the Conway school by 1 percent from 2011-12.
While state funding for USC-Columbia has fallen to $90 million from $230 million since 2008, the school has extra revenue in the past five years from bolstering the incoming class by more than 900 freshmen and total enrollment by nearly 3,500 students.
USC has no plans to increase the freshman class past last year’s record of 4,636 but will increase overall enrollment.