CLEMSON – Clemson administrators have voted to freeze undergraduate tuition fees for in-state and out-of-state students for the second year in a row.
The vote took place at a special meeting called early in the morning of May 4 and the directors were unanimous. They offered virtually no discussion except to thank the South Carolina General Assembly for their generosity in making this happen.
Undergraduate university fees are currently $ 15,120 per year for in-state students and $ 38,112 per year for out-of-state students. Graduate students, whose tuition fees were frozen in 2020-2021, face a 3% increase, resuming an annual “tiered” hike that was put in place a few years ago, said a Clemson spokesperson. This fall, state graduate students will pay around $ 12,744 for top-notch programs like Transportation Safety Administration. Students graduating out of state pay about double.
Food and lodging costs will also increase by just under 3%, in line with a proposal that directors first informed directors about last fall.
“I know I am speaking on your behalf for the administration of the entire Board of Trustees when I express our gratitude to the South Carolina General Assembly for its commitment to higher education, which ‘It shows both in the funding of the CARES Act and in the pending supply bill, ”said Smyth McKissick, chairman of the board of directors at Clemson.
The University of South Carolina pledged to freeze undergraduate tuition fees more than six months ago.
Clemson vice president of finance and operations Tony Wagner explained how a series of state grants to the university, much of which targeted its response to the coronavirus pandemic, were critical to the ability school to freeze tuition fees. These included:
- $ 51 million in federal funding for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in 2021.
- $ 24-44 million in one-time funding for school maintenance.
- $ 35.9 million in federal stimulus funding.
- $ 5.3 million in credits to the Clemson Public and Agriculture Service (PSA), a division that includes the school’s extension services statewide.
A 2% increase in tuition fees for undergraduates would have generated about $ 7.8 million in revenue, Wagner said.
“We are emerging from this incredibly strong pandemic,” Clemson President Jim Clements told administrators, citing “new records” in academic achievement, admissions, research and student fundraising.
He said he also looks forward to a “more normal” fall in class, at sporting events, along with other activities.
The timing of the announcement at a convened meeting comes as the state’s legislative session draws to a close and supplies for next year are largely settled. State coffers are fuller, lawmakers learned earlier this spring, than previously believed.
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