Citadel approves 3.5% tuition hike

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Calling it the school's lowest increase in a decade, the Citadel approved a 3.5% tuition increase for in-state students on Saturday. 

Out-of-state students will face a less savory 9% increase.

In all, the dollar increase is from $9,871 to $10,216 for in-state cadets and from $24,800 to $27,033 for out-of-state cadets.

It's worth noting that South Carolina public universities are facing an effective tuition increase cap.

The full release is below for the curious:

Board of Visitors approves lowest tuition increase in a decade 

Updated 11 June 2011 @ 4 p.m.

The Citadel Board of Visitors on Saturday approved an in-state college tuition and fees increase that is the lowest in 11 years. 

Tuition will rise 3.5 percent for in-state students and 9 percent for out-of-state students for the 2011-2012 academic year. 

“We face a balancing act – keep costs as low as possible without undermining the integrity of a Citadel education,” said Thomas J. Elzey, executive vice president for finance, administration, and operations. “With this budget The Citadel is moving forward to ensure our capacity to provide the high quality academic and leadership experience our students, families, and alumni expect.”

The Board of Visitors voted at its regular meeting Saturday morning. State mandatory tuition and fees will increase as follows:

South Carolina Corps of Cadets 

  • From $9,871 to $10,216 for in-state cadets
  • From $24,800 to $27,033 for out-of-state cadets

Citadel Graduate College

  • $460 to $501 a credit hour for in-state graduate students
  • $756 to $824 a credit hour for out-of-state graduate students
  • $365 to $398 a credit hour for in-state evening undergraduate students
  • $640 to $698 a credit hour for out-of-state evening undergraduate students

The tuition and fees increase will support advancing The Citadel’s strategic plan called The Blueprint, as well fund increases in the cost of operating the college and offset the state appropriation reduction.The tuition and fees change for 2011-2012 includes a slight increase in the cost of board due to rising food costs and athletic and leadership program fees.

Because of the unique requirements in the Corps of Cadets undergraduate program, many costs that parents would pay over the course of a school year at other colleges and universities are paid up front at The Citadel. 

The “all-in” cost includes such things as room, board, laundry/dry cleaning, infirmary use and costs for uniforms, books and living expenses like haircuts and toiletries. These are mandatory costs because all cadets are required to live on campus and all cadets are required to purchase their uniforms their freshman year. And because cadets do not leave campus as often as other college students do, certain services like an infirmary and laundry and dry cleaning are provided on campus.

The “all-in” cost to enroll in the Corps of Cadets will be: 

Freshmen: $23,884 ($22,949)
Sophomores: $19,818 ($18,833)
Juniors: $19,818, ($18,783)
Seniors: $19,718 ($18,783)
(Numbers in parenthesis are 2010-2011)

Freshman: $40,701 ($37,878) 
Sophomores:$36,635 ($33,812) 
Juniors: $36,635 ($33,712) 
Seniors: $36,535 ($33,712) 
(Numbers in parenthesis are 2010-2011)

This represents an average “all-in” cost increase of 4.8 percent for in-state cadets and 8.2 percent for out-of-state cadets.

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