Lowcountry colleges approve tuition increases

Randolph Hall on the College of Charleston campus. The college on Monday announced a tuition increase.

The College of Charleston Board of Trustees has approved a tuition increase of just over 3 percent for the coming academic year.

The Citadel and Trident Technical College also raised tuition.

The College’s board voted to approve the increase Monday. Beginning this fall, full-time undergraduate students from South Carolina will pay $10,900 in annual tuition. Full-time out-of-state undergraduate students will pay more than $28,000.

In-state graduate students will pay just under $12,000 while out-of-state graduate students will pay more than $31,000 in annual tuition.

CofC officials said the increases will mean the college will rank sixth for in-state tuition among South Carolina’s 13 four-year public universities.

On Monday, The Citadel Board of Visitors also raised tuition and fee rates for the 2015-2016 school year. The new rates are 2.4 percent higher for in-state students and cadets, and 3.5 percent higher for out-of-state students and cadets.

In-state freshmen cadets at the Charleston military college will pay about $27,000 while out-of-state freshmen will pay more than $47,000. For upperclassmen, tuition and fees are lower: almost $22,300 for in-state students and roughly $42,700 for out-of-state students. The charges include annual tuition and other mandatory expenses not required by most colleges, such as room, board, uniforms, laundry, hair cuts and meal plans.

Students in The Citadel’s graduate program will pay $551 in-state or $927 out-of-state per credit hour.

Trident Technical College also has increased tuition for the 2015-16 academic year by about 3 percent. With a grant from the state’s Lottery Tuition Assistance Program — which most South Carolina students enrolled in two-year colleges are eligible for — a full-time student in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties will pay about $895 in tuition and fees per semester, or about $1,700 per year. In-state students outside the tri-county area will pay about $1,116 per semester, or $2,232 per year, with lottery assistance. Out-of-state students, who aren’t eligible for South Carolina grants, will pay about $3,838 in tuition and fees per semester, or $7,676 per year.

At Charleston Southern University, full-time undergraduate students at the independent Baptist college will pay $23,400 for the academic year.

Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have not yet approved new tuition rates.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. Reach Deanna Pan at 937-5764.