The Clemson University Board of Trustees unanimously approved on Tuesday, May 4 to freeze tuition for the upcoming academic year for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students. This is the second year a freeze has been approved due to the financial havoc caused by COVID-19.
Mandatory fees are also included in the freeze.
“Through the continued investment of the South Carolina General Assembly and relief funds from the CARES Act, along with our amazing philanthropic donors, the University remains in a sound financial position,” Clemson University President Jim Clements said in a release. “We’re thankful to our Board for taking this bold action in support of our students and their families. This decision is another great example of how Clemson truly cares about its students.”
A statement by the university read that the decision by the board to freeze tuition goes to the commitment of the university in making sure that Clemson stays affordable.
The university upped housing and dining fees by 3%. This will go toward repairs and cover inflation, according to the university. Graduate students will also see a 3% tuition increase in order to expand the Graduate Schools’ courses.
“I understand the General Assembly and Governor are still working on the state’s proposed budget, but I think it is fair to say their commitment to higher education remains strong,” Chairman of the Board Smyth McKissick said. “We appreciate the support we have received from the CARES Act and the consideration underway in the pending appropriations bill.”