CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University's board of trustees approved a 3.29 percent increase in tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year, which applies to both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students.
According to a news release from CCU, tuition rates for in-state undergraduate students will increase $173 per semester, and rates for out-of-state undergraduates will increase $400 per semester. Tuition for in-state graduate students will increase $18 per credit hour, and $32 per credit hour for out-of-state graduate students.
Tuition for in-state undergraduate students in the 2015-16 academic year was estimated at $10,530 per year, or $5,265 per semester, according to the university's website. This will increase to $5,438 per semester, and $10,876 for the academic year. For out-of-state undergraduate students, a single semester's tuition was $12,160. This will increase to $12,560 per semester or $25,120 for the 2016-17 academic year.
"Our board and administration have worked diligently to keep tuition costs down," said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. "However, in order to maintain the quality education our students and their parents have come to expect, and in view of the state's recent approval of a 3.25 percent increase in employee pay, we find it necessary to impose a nominal increase for the upcoming academic year."
There will be no increase in housing fees, the news release notes. Because the board approved meal plans at its last meeting in May, including a new meal option at no additional cost, the overall cost increase for in-state students is 1.7 percent taking into consideration room, board and tuition.