Tuition for South Carolina residents at The Citadel will likely increase 13 percent next year, but the total cost of attending the military college, including room and board, will likely jump 6.3 percent.
The school's Board of Visitors Finance Committee approved the increases at a meeting Friday. The full board is expected to approve the increases in a final vote today. All board members were present at Friday's committee meeting, and none raised an objection to the jumps.
Citadel officials in April estimated that in-state tuition would increase 7.3 percent, but they said Friday that they needed more money to run the institution in the wake of extreme state budget cuts over the past few years.
South Carolina residents will pay $9,871 in tuition next year, up 13 percent from $8,735 in the 2009-2010 school year. Out-of-state tuition will be $24,800 next year, up 10 percent from $22,545 in the 2009-2010 school year.
The Citadel's president, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, said he thinks parents of Citadel cadets are concerned about the entire bill for the school year, which includes room, board, clothing and other expenses, not just the cost of tuition.
"Citadel cadets are required to live on campus, so the 'all-in' cost is what matters," he said. "For too long this state has focused just on tuition."
The total cost of The Citadel's program will increase 6.3 percent for South Carolina residents and 7
percent for out-of-state students next year, he said, a jump he called "reasonable."
Col. Sue Mitchell, vice president of finance and business affairs, said the college received $16.3 million in state funding for the 2008-2009 school year, but the aid has declined steadily since then.
A current, but not final, legislative proposal gives the school $8.9 million for the 2010-2011 school year. The Citadel also will receive $2.4 million from the federal stimulus program next year.
Mitchell said that while the school increased the cost of tuition, it reduced the cost of some cadet living expenses.
She also said graduate-school tuition will increase 15 percent, from $400 per credit to $460 per credit for in-state students and from $657 per credit to $756 per credit for out-of-state residents.
All the tuition increases will bring in an additional $4.3 million to the school next year, she said.
Of that money, $1.2 million will go toward student financial aid and $3.1 million will go toward compensating for state cuts and for program improvements.
The $3.1 million, however, "does not put a dent in the $7.4 million we've been cut" over the past few years, she said.
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