The Citadel Board of Visitors is expected to vote Saturday on an across-the-board tuition hike for the 2018-19 school year, affecting in-state and out-of-state students alike.
The board's Operations and Risk Management Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend an increase of about 3.2 percent in the rate paid by all undergraduate students. The full board must approve the move before it could take effect in July 2018.
The change would affect the public military college's unique "all-in" tuition and fee rate, which includes dining fees, room and board in the barracks, and payments into a Quartermaster Account for books, haircuts and dry cleaning. The freshman rate is higher because of uniform purchases.
Currently, South Carolina residents who join the Corps of Cadets pay $28,743 for their freshman year and $23,673 a year after that. If approved Saturday, those rates would rise to $29,663 for freshmen and $24,438 for upperclassmen.
Out-of-state students pay $50,506 for their freshmen year and $45,436 a year after that. Those figures would increase to $52,135 and $46,910, respectively.
In The Citadel's graduate school and undergraduate non-cadet evening courses, students pay a flat fee per credit hour. The committee's proposal would increase that rate by about 1.4 percent for graduate credit hours and 3.2 percent for undergraduate credit hours, Citadel spokesman Col. John L. Dorrian said.
Like many of South Carolina's public colleges, The Citadel has had to rely on tuition hikes and out-of-state enrollment to cover rising costs and state funding cuts. Dorrian said the tuition increase will help pay for planned maintenance improvements, athletic operations, professor salaries, and debt service on a planned replacement for Capers Hall.
"We, like the other educational institutions, have felt the effect of budget cuts, and so that’s something that we work through," he said. "Our Foundation has done a tremendous job of mitigating the effects of the budget cuts."
The Citadel started its fall semester with an incoming class of 822 cadets, one of its largest classes in history, Dorrian said.