The Citadel's board of visitors approved a 2.4 percent increase in in-state tuition Saturday, its lowest since 2001. Out-of-state tuition will go up by 3.6 percent, also a 13-year low. Tuition and fees for the Citadel Graduate College will increase at the same rates for in-state and out-of-state students.

"We realize that college costs are a challenge for students and their families," Col. Joseph Garcia, The Citadel's vice president for finance, said in a release. "I believe this budget reflects a solid balance between holding down costs while still maintaining the quality of our programs and the value of a Citadel education."

South Carolina cadets will pay $11,098 in tuition and mandatory fees, while those from outside the state will pay $30,706. Graduate students will pay $538 in-state or $896 out-of-state per credit hour.

The tuition increases account for "rising costs for personnel, technology and infrastructure upgrades, as well as new programs related to accreditation and strategic initiatives," according to a release from the military college.

The Citadel's "all-in" cost estimation, which takes into account expenses that are not required, is $26,374 for in-state freshmen and $22,024 for in-state upperclassmen. The "all-in" cost is estimated to rise by 3.7 percent for freshmen and by 3 percent for upperclassmen. The estimate includes room and board, uniforms, laundry and other common college expenses.

Out-of-state freshmen are estimated to pay $45,982 in "all-in" costs. Their upperclassmen counterparts are estimated to pay $41,632.

Last year, the Citadel increased in-state tuition by about 3 percent.

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