CLEMSON, SC (WSPA) – A 1.75 percent tuition increase for in-state students was approved on Friday by the Clemson University’s Board of Trustees.
According to a school news release, the tuition will increase $129 per semester for undergraduate in-state students.
Non-resident students will see a 3 percent increase, or $535 a semester from the current rate.
According to the release, tuition for in-state undergraduates for 2018-19 will be $7,485 a semester, and $18,362 for non-resident students.
University officials said the tuition increase is expected to generate an additional $20 million for the school for the 2018-19 academic year, and will be used to pay for:
- Critical investments in Clemson’s academic programming in support of the goals set out in the ClemsonForward strategic plan
- Facility maintenance and renovation costs
- Investments in campus safety and student life initiatives
- State-mandated increases to health care and retirement benefits costs for employees
According to the release, the board also approved increases in housing rates for first-year students ranging from 1.7 percent to 4.7 percent, depending on the housing selection — which mean an increase of $48 to $145 per semester.
The board said housing rates for students who remain in campus housing will increase between 4.2 to 4.5 percent per semester (or $116 to $171).
Meal plan costs are also increasing by 2.9 to 4 percent for the upcoming school year.
University of South Carolina also announced they would be raising their tuition. See that full story, here.
Tim Hofferth, the chairman of the SC Commission of Higher Education, issued the following statement:
“While the CHE understands the difficult decisions that universities must make when planning their budgets each year, as college costs continue to rise, and students look for relief from crippling debt, we should be focused not on raising tuition but instead on cutting the total cost of college, reining in university spending and opening up the books across our university system so taxpayers can see how tax dollars are being spent.”