Officials approve tuition hike at Clemson University

Clemson, SC - CLEMSON, SC (WMBF) - Students attending Clemson University will be shelling out more cash to attend the four-year school.

The school announced Thursday its plans to increase tuition an average of 7.5 percent for in-state undergraduate students, and 8 percent for out-of state students. The figures, based on new tuition and boarding fees, have been approved by the Clemson University Board of Trustees.

Clemson President James Barker said the tuition increase, in addition to internal reallocations and existing resources, will ensure the university can provide course selections needed for proper student education.

"The plan allows us to manage significant state funding cuts, continue to provide a top quality education for our students and maintain our commitment to drive economic development and create jobs for South Carolina," Barker noted.

The tuition increase for South Carolina students will equate to an additional $415 per semester. That rate will increase to $1,016 for out-of-state students.

Clemson University anticipates taking a $27 million hit in budget cuts over the current and upcoming fiscal year.

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