Stimulus tempers USC tuition increases

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COLUMBIA --- University of South Carolina officials gave key approval Thursday to a budget plan that would raise tuition for most students by 3.6 percent, saying stimulus funds helped avoid even higher increases and saved vital programs.

In-state undergraduates at the school's largest campus in Columbia will pay about $300 more a year in tuition and fees under a $1.08 billion budget plan. Students at the school's Beaufort and Upstate campuses could see annual increases of $250 and $300, respectively. The committee approved a 3.6 percent increase for tuition and fees for those two campuses, while tuition at the Aiken campus will rise 4.9 percent or around $370 a year.

"Frankly without the stimulus funds there would have been no way -- even with a hefty tuition increase -- to have even begun to fund the changes that we seek," said USC President Harris Pastides, adding that a tuition increase of 16.5 percent would have been needed to offset budget problems at the Columbia campus.

The state Supreme Court last week ordered Gov. Mark Sanford to seek $700 million in federal stimulus money over the next two years that he had refused to request. USC will get around $30 million in each of the next two years, but has lost $55 million in state funding over the past year for its main campus and its seven branches.

Students at the university's regional campuses will see increases of at least 5 percent. That's an increase of between $260 and $440 annually for students at the school's Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union campuses.

USC's full board of trustees will give a final vote this month.


The University of South Carolina was forced to make some cuts:

- There will be 500 fewer class sections

- The school's soft hiring freeze will continue

- Adjunct faculty will not be rehired


- The board of trustees at the College of Charleston approved 7 percent tuition increases for undergraduate students earlier this week.

- South Carolina State University trustees have voted to raise tuition 8.4 percent for the coming year.

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dickworth1 06/12/09 - 05:08 am
Here we go with prices going

Here we go with prices going up due to stimulus, while the proponents suggest that it would be much higher without the stimulus money! Right, that's the way it is going to be on every
thing as prices will rise and unlike what the democrats are saying, unemployment is still going up! Wait until obama and
the spendocrats finish with the health insurance and the overall
coverage for those without insurance will still be taking care of
at a cost to everyone who works. A lot of folks that have no insurance is because they don't want to pay for the coverage.
If your company offers insurance you should not receive any
free coverage.

hurlyburly11 06/12/09 - 05:36 am
...the sheeple will not agree

...the sheeple will not agree with you .....................the [filtered word]in the White House needs to be replaced.

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