CLEMSON — Clemson University’s board of trustees Thursday approved a 3.8 percent increase in tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students.
“This is the result of three years of aggressive cost-cutting measures and a commitment to use internal reallocations and other revenues as primary sources of funding for the 2020 Road Map,” said Clemson President James F. Barker in a university news release. The Road Map is Clemson’s 10-year strategic plan, approved by the trustees at their April 2011 meeting.
It is the lowest increase in a decade, both in terms of percentage and dollars, according to the release. Board Chairman David Wilkins says the decision shows the board is sensitive to economic conditions facing South Carolina families.
The tuition increase, which adds $225 per semester for in-state students and $521 per semester for non-residents, will generate revenue for enhanced student engagement opportunities, academic facilities and technology, which Barker said will “add value to the educational experience and directly benefit students.”
No other mandatory fees will be increased.
Last June, Clemson trustees approved a 7.5 percent tuition increase for South Carolina residents and an 8 percent increase for non-state residents. The increase was cut to 7 percent in October.
Also approved was a 4 percent average room and board increase. Specific dollar and percentage increases vary depending on the residence hall and dining plan selected by the student.
Revenue from increased housing fees will fund priorities in the student housing master plan, including ongoing facility renovations and security technology enhancements. Revenues from the meal plan increase will cover the cost of facility renovations, new campus dining options and inflation.
Graduate tuition varies by program but will increase on average by about 1 percent.