Friday, April 29, 2011
The SC State University Board of Trustees has voted to increase student tuition by four percent per semester for the 2011-2012 academic year. This four percent increase will equate to an extra $180 that must be paid by in-state students, totaling a 4,629 tuition payment per semester. Out-of-state students will see a $9,085 tuition payment per semester, an increase of $350 from the previous academic year.
This year’s tuition increase comes on the heels of several consecutive cuts in state appropriations for the University, slashing funding by 15 percent during the 2010-2011 academic year.
“Choosing to raise tuition for students is always a last alternative,” says President George E. Cooper. “However, considering a volatile economy and the resulting effects on funding for the University, balancing the budget is always an arduous task.”
In addition to a tuition hike, food services will also increase by 1.6 percent, or an extra $24 per semester. However, students not residing in the University Village Apartments or Andrew Hugine Suites will see a housing cost reduction of $250 per semester.