SC budget leader warns colleges about tuition

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - One of the top budget-writers in South Carolina is upset many colleges and universities are raising tuition so much for this school year.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that Florence Sen. Hugh Leatherman has written the state's public schools, warning them not to raise tuition more than 7.3 percent.

Leatherman chairs the finance committee and says he would work on budget cuts, tuition limits and a reduction in out-of-state students if schools don't trim the increases.

The College of Charleston has the largest percentage increase at nearly 15 percent. College President George Benson didn't want to talk about Leatherman's letter, but is trying to arrange a meeting with him.

Most colleges and universities blame a lack of state support for the decision to raise tuition.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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