Clemson raises tuition; hike is lowest in 20 years

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The bad news: Clemson University is the latest public college in South Carolina to raise tuition for the 2017-18 school year. The good news: it’s the smallest percentage increase in two decades.

The Clemson Board of Trustees on Thursday approved a 2.75 percent increase, or $197 per semester, for in-state undergraduate students. Starting this fall, posted tuition and fees for full-time South Carolina residents will be $7,356 per semester. Tuition for non-resident students is $17,827 per semester.

Clemson officials said the average out-of-pocket cost for an in-state freshman is 36 percent of the posted price for tuition and fees. Ninety-nine percent of Clemson freshmen receive some sort of scholarship assistance from the state. Fifty-one percent of Clemson students graduate with no debt, compared to 31 percent nationally.

The cost of housing is going up, too. On average, the price of on-campus housing will increase by $158 per semester. Meal plans will increase an average of $90 per semester.

The University of South Carolina, USC Upstate, College of Charleston, Winthrop University, and The Citadel have already approved tuition increases.

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 Upstate and Palmetto College online will pay 3 percent more.

USC has raised tuition every year since 1987. This year’s 3.46 percent increase is the largest since 2011-12.

Tuition at Winthrop is going up 2.48 percent, the lowest increase its board have approved in 18 years. In-state undergraduate students will pay $7,435 tuition per semester.

Beginning in the fall semester, full-time College of Charleston undergraduate students from South Carolina will pay $5,999 in tuition per semester, an increase of 5.38 percent, or $306 from the previous school year. Housing and food service fees, meanwhile, will stay at their 2016-17 levels. that means the overall cost of attendance will increase 2.75 percent.

Students at The Citadel will pay 3.25 percent more in tuition and fees.

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