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Clemson trustees approve tuition and fee increases

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In order to cover higher health and retirement costs and other cost increases, the Clemson University board of trustees approved tuition and fee increases for the 2016-17 academic year.

The board approved a 3.14% increase in in-state undergraduate tuition. The increase amounts to $218 per semester. For undergraduate out-of-state students, trustees approved a 4.27% tuition hike, or $700 per semester.

According to Clemson’s website, the tuition for an in-state undergraduate was approximately $6,941 per semester in 2015-16 while out-of-state undergraduates paid approximately $16,400 per semester.

Tuition and fees for graduate students will also go up by an average of 6.09%. Graduate programs at Clemson University charge different rates depending on which tier they are on.

In-state full-time graduate students paid between $2,765 per semester for a tier five program to $4,941 per semester for a tier one program. Nonresidents paid $5,969 per semester for tier five programs to $10,275 for tier one programs per semester. The average cost of additional fees for graduate students, regardless of their residence, was $408 per semester. This was following a 3.24% in-state undergraduate tuition increase and a 4.25% out-of-state tuition increase for the 2015-16 academic year.

“We are committed to protecting the high level of academic quality that our students have come to expect and ensuring that students are able to get the courses they need to graduate on time,” said James Clements, president of Clemson, in a statement. “Tuition is crucial in funding our efforts to offer the best college experience possible for our students.”

Another increase for students will come from housing and dining plans. Trustees approved an average 5% across-the-board increase. That comes out to an average of $80 more per semester for dining plans and $167 per semester for housing. The costs vary depending on meal plan selected and residence hall.

Meal plan costs ranged from $570 for 30 residential hall meals per semester to $1,950 for unlimited meals plus 15 guest meals per semester. For housing, during the last academic year costs ranged from $2,500 per semester at 10 residence halls to $3,205 per semester for a private apartment.

The university said it was facing rising cost-of-living and state-mandated health and retirement costs, as well as hikes in utility safety, security and faculty stewardship.

“We also are committed to keeping Clemson affordable, and we appreciate the support of the state and leaders of the General Assembly that has enabled us to keep this tuition increase low,” Clements said.

Clemson University undergraduate tuition and room and board increases

School year

In-state

Nonresident

Room and board*

2016-17

3.14%

4.27%

5.0%

2015-16

3.24%

4.25%

3.0%

2014-15

3.0%

3.19%

2.3%

2013-14

3.0%

3.0%

3.0%

2012-13

3.0%

4.0%

3.9%

2011-12

3.8%

3.8%

4.0%

2010-11

7.0%**

8.0%

3.9%

Room and board is based on an average. The amount of increase depends on the meal plan selected and the housing option.

In 2010-11, Clemson University trustees initially approved a 7.5% tuition increase for in-state undergraduate tuition but reduced it to 7% prior to the spring semester.

SOURCE: Clemson University

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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