CLEMSON, S.C. - Clemson's trustees have approved a 3 percent tuition increase for students this fall.

University officials say the increases will help offset state-mandated pay raises for employees as well as additional costs for workers' retirement benefits and health insurance.

In-state students will see a 2.6 percent tuition increase of $171 per semester, plus pay a $25 charge for facilities maintenance.

Out-of-state students will pay 2.8 percent more for tuition, or $432 per semester, plus a $55 facilities fee.

The university says those fee increases, coupled with expected enrollment growth, should generate about $11 million.

Student housing and meal plans will increase an average of 2.3 percent, though actual costs will vary depending on selections.

Last week, University of South Carolina trustees also raised tuition by 3 percent for this fall.