The University of South Carolina wants millions in recurring funding from the state legislature to help ease tuition hikes.
The State newspaper reports the university is seeking roughly $11 million for all of its campuses to meet the requirements of the proposed Higher Education Opportunity Act, a bill that would offer colleges more state money with the understanding it would prevent tuition hikes.
USC said its request would only cover 63 percent of its $14.1 million projected cost increases. The university said the rise in expenses will be due to health insurance, retirement, inflation, and possible pay increases.
Colleges across the state are seeking more money to help tame tuition hikes. Clemson University wants $8 million to slow tuition increases.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act has been discussed in a Senate subcommittee meeting while the legislature is out of session. The bill has not been approved by either the House or Senate yet.