The South Carolina Budget and Control Board unanimously approved halting construction projects at public colleges to get them to lower tuition. At the meeting, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman said he continues to hear concerns of parents over the high cost of college. He said colleges need to listen to legislators:
Last year I wrote all of them, suggesting they hold down the tuition. That didn’t happen this year I thought we need something a little bit stronger to let them know that families are hurting out there.
College officials say stopping construction will kill jobs. Gov. Mark Sanford says college tuition and fees are skyrocketing so high parents can no longer afford to pay fully.
If a school lowers tuition in the spring, the board will lift its ban. The ban affects public two year and four year colleges who raised tuition at a certain rate.
Privately-funded building projects on public campuses are exempt.