Higher education is becoming a more expensive proposition for students who choose to attend an in-state public four-year college in South Carolina.
According to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the annual average public college tuition and required fees for in-state undergraduates in South Carolina rose 8.6 percent to an average $8,400 for the 2008-09 academic year. That was the highest rate recorded among the 16 southern states.
Neighboring North Carolina stands 13th with an average in-state tuition of $4,174. Georgia’s in-state tuition rose 12 percent from the ’07-’08 to the ’08-’09 academic year, but still came in at number 14 with an average rate of $4,032.
The SREB says part of the reason for the high tuition is because state lawmakers do not fund South Carolina public colleges at the same level as North Carolina and Georgia.
In second place behind South Carolina is Delaware with an average in-state tuition of $7,564. Louisiana had the lowest average at $3,771.