ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina State University’s enrollment this fall is down by nearly 500 students, which has created a budget shortfall of more than $6 million.

The university board’s Finance Committee met today to begin discussing how to cut $6 million from this year’s budget and reverse a 5-year trend in declining enrollment.

The full board will meet on Sept. 13 to approve a modified budget for the year. That budget could include a:

7 percent cut in all departments

10.75 percent cut in all discretionary spending

hiring freeze

dormitory consolidation

It also likely will mean the school must eliminate $1.6 million it had previously approved for construction of the troubled James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center.

Read more in Thursday’s editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491 or on Twitter @dianeknich.