CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University will welcome students back to campus in the fall following the closing of the university and moving to online learning this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the president.
“I am thrilled to announce that Coastal Carolina University will welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the Fall of 2020,” CCU President Dr. David DeCenzo said in a letter on Friday. “Fulfilling our educational mission will require resourcefulness and flexibility, but we will succeed.”
Read the full letter below:
Dear Students and Families,
I am thrilled to announce that Coastal Carolina University will welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the Fall of 2020.
Fulfilling our educational mission will require resourcefulness and flexibility, but we will succeed. The process by which we will return to full operations is guided by our regard for public health and our determination to best serve our students, and we share this news so our students and families are clear – they can and should plan to come back to CCU this August.
We look forward to meeting our new students, and we are planning for a reunion with our continuing students. See you soon.
Dr. David A. DeCenzo, President
The letter came after Friday’s board of trustees meeting in which the members discussed their intention to reopen the campus to students in the fall.
During the meeting, DeCenzo said they will work with state leaders in Columbia and members of the South Carolina State Department of Health and Environmental to facilitate testing and social distancing measures to ensure campus can reopen to students safely.
“We need to be unequivocal in our statement that we will be opening in August,” trustee George Mullen said, noting that without a positive message, potential students could go to other universities.
The board also voted to keep tuition, housing fees and meal plan costs at the current level for the 2020-2021 school year.
Tuition will stay at $5,820 per semester for in-state students and $13,697 per semester for out-of-state students for the next academic year, according to information from the university.
Reopening in the fall is expected to include a 15% reduction in enrollment based on in-state deposits being down, while out-of-state deposits are up, according to a report from members of CCU’s finance committee.
A roughly $23.7 million reduction in revenue is expected in the fall. If online instruction has to continue, that lost revenue would be around $41 million, according to CCU officials.
CCU students were refunded $8.8 million in room and board due to COVID-19 closing the campus and requiring the move to online learning, officials said.
Of the $10 million the university received from the CARES Act, $5 million of that went to students directly, while the remaining amount will be used for technological improvements.