The University of South Carolina is poised to raise tuition for next fall by 3.9 percent, the hike recommended Friday by the executive committee of the universitys board of trustees.
If the full board accepts that recommendation at its June 30 meeting, tuition for in-state students at USCs Columbia campus would rise to $5,084 a semester, an increase of $191. Out-of-state students would see their tuition rise to $13,176 per semester, a boost of $447.
Tuition at USCs School of Medicine would rise by 6.25 percent. At the S.C. College of pharmacy, tuition would increase by 5 percent. Other USC campuses would see 3.9 percent tuition increases.
As was the case with previous tuition increases, USC officials indicated declining state money was a factor. They said they expect the General Assembly to cut state funding to the university by 6 percent when legislators approve a budget for the states fical year that starts July 1.
The last three years have been lean for our state and for the University of South Carolina, but we have worked to preserve access and affordability, USC President Harris Pastides said in a press release announcing the proposed tuition increase. As a system, we have grown the number of students we serve, increased our grant funding and sought new sources of revenue that will allow us to keep up with the demands for higher education by the state of South Carolina. We have many reasons to be optimistic about our future.