Clemson trustees raise tuition 7.5 percent

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University's board of trustees have approved plans under which incoming students will pay tuition and fees that average 6 percent higher.

The board on Thursday approved a 7.5 percent tuition increase for South Carolina residents and an 8 percent increase for out-of-state students. Trustees also raised room and board fees an average of nearly 4 percent.

Clemson says its permanent base state appropriation has been slashed by about $75 million since June 2008. The school says the extra cash will help offset anticipated state funding cuts of more than $27 million.

Clemson President Jim Barker says the school can also revive a construction project halted in 2008 due to state funding cuts.

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