A June 24 article by Andy Shain titled “S.C. colleges raising tuition — again” listed The Citadel as the state’s most expensive four-year public college. That is not accurate and could use some clarification, as could the amount listed as the college’s tuition in the recent column, “Like college tuition, the sun also rises.”
The information provided to The Post and Courier earlier in the summer stated that Citadel cadets have very different financial requirements than those attending non-military colleges.
The mandatory elements of the military education structure require all cadets to live on campus in the barracks.
They must purchase military uniforms and take all of their meals in the cadet dining facility. Those costs are bundled into the one figure that includes tuition, presented by the college as its “all-in costs.”
Comparing The Citadel’s all-in figure to the tuition figures used from the other state colleges is the same as comparing unrelated fruit.
If dorm costs, meal cards and similar expenses students incur at the other colleges were added to their figures that were listed, the article and column would have been closer to comparing apples to apples.
With the mandatory military costs stripped away, The Citadel’s in-state tuition is fully in line with the other South Carolina colleges at $11,734 a year.
As Mr. Shain reported in the article, public colleges in South Carolina receive the lowest funding of any public colleges in the Southeast region.
In the face of these common fiscal challenges, The Citadel continues to pursue creative ways to increase revenue while controlling expenses.
Being good stewards of our resources is a primary goal for the campus — for cadets, students, faculty, and staff alike.
Our ultimate goal is at all times to provide the best possible experience in the development of principled leaders for our nation.
Joseph L. Garcia
Vice President for Finance and Business