Students at the University of South Carolina in Columbia will pay 3.46 percent more in tuition next school year, and school officials blamed the increase on the state not contributing enough money for higher education.
In-state students at USC’s main campus will pay $410 more, or $12,264 for the year, to attend USC in 2017-18.
Students at USC’s other four-year campuses and Palmetto College online will pay 3 percent more.
“We will continue to fight for more support of and investment in higher education, and we will continue to fight for the interests of South Carolina’s students — an educated and competitive population is the key to our state’s economic and overall well-being,” said USC President Harris Pastides.
USC has raised tuition every year since 1987. This year’s 3.46 percent increase is the largest since 2011-12.
USC said the $8 billion state budget continues a more than decade-long pattern of limited investment of state resources into higher education, resulting in a continued shift from state-supported higher education to one that is mostly dependent on tuition dollars and drives up costs for students and their families.
USC is getting a 1.9 percent increase in its systemwide base budget, or about $3 million. Each state agency has to pay increased pension and health care costs for its employees. That will cost USC $3.3 million.
The school receives less than 10 percent of its budget from state appropriations.