Originally created 04/12/98

S.C. medical school raising tuition, fees



CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It will cost a little more -- but only a little more, school officials say -- to attend the Medical University of South Carolina.

A tuition and fee increase approved Friday by the school's governing board will raise the cost to in-state students by anywhere from 2 percent to 13 percent, said Dr. Ray Greenberg, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The increases are schedule to begin this fall and include the following:

-- Full-time, in-state students in the College of Dental Medicine will pay $2,662 per semester, up from $2,606.

-- Full-time, undergraduate in-state students in the College of Health Professions will pay $1,993 per semester, up from $1,761; graduate students will pay $2,036, up from $1,800.

-- Full-time, in-state students in the College of Medicine will pay $4,090 per semester, up from $3,666.

-- Full-time, undergraduate, in-state students in the College of Nursing will pay $1,993 per semester, up from $1,761; graduate students will pay $1,880 per semester, up from $1,658.

-- Full-time, undergraduate and entry-level, graduate pharmacy students will pay $2,066 per semester, up from $1,950.

Dr. Greenberg said while costs are rising, MUSC is still one of most inexpensive public medical schools in the country. The school moved from 61st to 57th most expensive among 73 public medical schools.

Also new this fall will be an "informatics" fee of $80 per semester for full-time students and $50 per semester for part-timers. The fee goes to computer technology and facilities.

"If we are going to stay on the cutting edge, we are going to have to ask students to contribute," Dr. Greenberg said.

Other fees per semester also will increase slightly: Matriculation from $145 to $152; student services from $292 to $321; the College of Nursing undergraduate program fee from $100 to $110; and the graduate program fee from $100 to $200.

School officials say the plan boosts the university's tuition and fee revenues from about $10 million to about $11 million.

In other action, MUSC's board approved several construction projects, including $8 million in renovations to the Children's Hospital, the creation of 420 parking spaces, renovations for the hospital and classroom improvements for long-distance learning.