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CCU raises all students' tuition after Board of Trustees' second meeting

CCU Board of Trustees raised college tuition to start fall 2016. (Source: WMBF News) CCU Board of Trustees raised college tuition to start fall 2016. (Source: WMBF News)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University’s Board of Trustees had a final vote Thursday morning to increase all students’ tuition for the start of 2016 fall semester.

The meeting Thursday morning lasted 30 minutes and with a unanimous 13-0 vote, tuition was voted to be raised.

The Board held its first meeting last Thursday, but due to trustees not given enough notice for the vote, the Board’s bylaws required that the administrators get five days before another call to meeting.

Administrators said most colleges in South Carolina and even around the United States have increased tuition more than double so this increase is not as bad as it could get.

Tuition is going up 3.29 percent. That will cost in-state students an extra $173 per semester and $400 for out-of-state students.

Administrators said that extra money will go towards increasing employee salaries and the students and university as a whole.

Students won't see an increase with unlimited meal plans unless they choose to upgrade and housing will stay the same, also.

While school administrators don't seem to think the increase will affect next year's admission numbers, some CCU students had mixed feelings.

"Students who are already here attending should not have to pay the extra tuition, but for students coming in the class of 2020 and 2021, etc., I feel like those classes do need to pay," said a Coastal Carolina Senior.

Although new and existing students will see the tuition change for the upcoming fall semester, administrators said when it comes to the dollar amount, CCU will still be below average compared to other schools in South Carolina.

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