Clemson raises in-state tuition 5.5 percent

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The Clemson University board of trustees also approved a 7.5 percent for out-of-state students. The 5.5 percent increase for in-state students is $271 per semester, and the 7.5 percent for out-of-state students is $816 per semester.

Last year's tuition was $5,185 (now $5,456) for in-state students, and $11,150 (now $11,966) for out of state.

The tuition increase is expect to generate approximately $10.9 million to help offset a loss of some $13 million to state budget cuts and inflation. The difference will be made up through new fees, internal budget cuts, and attempted efficiency gains.

A press release quoted Clemson President James F. Barker as saying “This is a very challenging year, but we intend to continue to increase academic quality and provide exceptional value to our students and the state. We believe that this strategy is sensitive to affordability and ensures the level of quality that families expect from Clemson.”

The Greenville News reports that this increase is similar to last years:
Last year, Clemson increased in-state tuition by 5 percent to $4,935 a semester, and handed non-residents a 10 percent increase to $10,900 a semester. Also, Clemson trustees last year approved a new $50 library fee for all students except freshmen.

Almost all other area college and universities recently announced proportionally larger tuition hikes; view more coverage on tuition hikes.

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