Students at three of South Carolina’s largest four-year universities will have to pay hundreds of dollars more in tuition next year as trustees at all three voted to raise tuition by more than three percent.
Trustees at Clemson University and Coastal Carolina University approved increases of 3.14 percent and 3.29 percent on Thursday. A day later, the University of South Carolina’s board followed suit with a 3.25 percent increase. Officials at all three schools blamed cost-of-living and required 3.25 percent pay increases approved by the state legislature for all state employees last month.
In-state undergrad students at Clemson who want to live on campus will face $950 more in total tuition, dining, and housing costs next school year. Out-of-state students will be even higher at $1,894. Tuition alone will be $456 per year for in-state and $1,400 for out-of-state students.
At USC, in-state undergraduates will pay an extra $746 per year starting in the fall with total tuition and fees reaching $11,855. Out-of-state students face an extra $956 and more than $31,800 total.
Coastal in-state students will have to pay an extra $346 in tuition for both semesters, while out-of-state undergrads face an additional $800.
The trend matches other public colleges in South Carolina, which have raised tuition by 2.5-3.5 percent statewide.