Tuition at The Citadel would jump 3 percent for South Carolina residents and 6.4 percent for out-of-state students next year under a plan approved Thursday by a key committee.

The Board of Visitors’ six-member Finance Committee approved the increases, which would apply to cadets and to students enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College.

The increases require the support of the full Board of Visitors, which will vote on them at its next meetings June 8 and 9.

Under the committee’s plan, in-state tuition for cadets would be $10,523 next year, up from $10,216 in the 2011-2012 school year. Out-of-state tuition would be $28,776, up from $27,033 this year.

In-state tuition for graduate students in The Citadel Graduate College would be $516 per credit next year, up from $501 this year. Out-of-state graduate students would pay $877, up from $824 this year.

The Citadel is the first Lowcountry-area school to announce a tentative tuition increase. Most state colleges and universities make such decisions in June.

Thomas Elzey, The Citadel’s executive vice president for finance, said the increases are needed if the school is to move forward with its long-range plans. The finance staff recommends that the board approve the increases, he said.

Committee member Fred Price said he understands that the school needs more money, but “we’re doing it on the backs of parents,” he said.

Finance committee Chairman Tee Hooper said the increases really are necessary. The school has faced funding shortfalls in recent years, he said. “For several years, we’ve really tightened our belts,” he said. But the school now needs more money not just to maintain what it does, but for planned, enhanced programs and needed maintenance for facilities, he said.

“The public still feels The Citadel is a good value,” he said.

Elzey said school leaders are sensitive to the financial plight of students and parents, “but we’re committed to providing a quality education.”

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