The Clemson University Board of Trustees made the cost of attending the school a little more expensive Wednesday after approving 3 and 4 percent increases in tuition for in-state and out-of-state students, respectively. The new rates will take effect in the 2012 fall semester.
According to a university press release, the tuition increase adds $185 per semester for in-state students and $569 per semester for non-residents.
The school says the increase will offset inflation and generate revenue for faculty investments, facility improvements, deferred maintenance and technology updates.
Clemson President James Barker said the modest increase was necessary for the school’s long-term goals under its 2020 “Road Map.” “We’ve made a commitment to students and families,” Barker said in a statement Wednesday, “We will continue to improve the quality of a Clemson education while maintaining access. That means keeping tuition and fee increases as low as possible.”
The board also approved a 3.9 percent increase for average room and board. School officials say revenue from increased housing fees will fund deferred maintenance projects and housing facility improvements. Revenue from increased meal plan fees will help offset inflationary food costs and deferred dining hall maintenance and improvements.
Graduate student tuition will not be affected this year.
Jay Harper and Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report