Next week when the 5,800-member freshman class enters the University of South Carolina about half of those students will be from out-of-state.
According to The State newspaper USC said it has to admit more out-of-state students to make up for a cut of $100 million in state funding over the last ten years. It also said since those students pay higher tuition that it helps pay for the education of in-state students.
The newspaper reports that on Tuesday university president Harris Pastides promised state lawmakers that the percentage of incoming out-of-state students will not continue to go up.
At a state Senate hearing Pastides also condemned the claim of “voo-doo mathematics” by a college oversight board. Referring to the tuition discounts that the university gave to out-of-state students cost $23 million last year.
The hearing this week was part of an ongoing discussion over $586 million in tuition breaks the university has used to attract out-of-state students over the past decade.