State bans some colleges from new construction
Sep 29, 2010 10:02:00 PM - thestate.com
A state budget panel has put a moratorium on state college construction for schools that raise tuition by 7 percent or more.
The move would not affect construction at the University of South Carolina, which raised annual tuition this fall by 6.9 percent over the summer. But Clemson University, the College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina are among the schools that would be restricted from new construction unless the schools agree to repeal tuition increases to 7 percent or less.
Tuition in South Carolina has been steadily rising over the past decade, with annual tuition increases over the past 10 years as high as 39 percent. The College of Charleston raised tuition by 14.9 percent this fall and The Citadel raised tuition by 13 percent, prompting Gov. Mark Sanford to call for a moratorium.
Today’s move is a big victory for Sanford, who has long criticized colleges for raising tuition out of reach for many S.C. families. Median tuition for S.C.’s public schools increased by 150 percent between 1999 and 2009.
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