CofC Board approves 2018-19 attendance cost hike

CofC Board approves 2018-19 attendance cost hike
College of Charleston held graduation ceremonies earlier this month. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Attending the College of Charleston will cost more for students starting this fall.

The school's board of trustees approved a plan to raise the cost of attendance by 2.1 percent for in-state students and 3.1 percent for out-of-state students, according to CofC spokesman Mike Robertson. The cost of attendance includes tuition, housing and the food meal plan, he said.

"Today's action by the Board of Trustees enables us to enhance and enrich our student support services and our student collegiate experience," Board of Trustees Chair David Hay said.

Beginning with the 2018 fall semester, full-time undergraduate students from South Carolina will pay $6,209 per semester. Out-of-state, full-time undergraduate students will pay $15,800 per semester.

Students in the Graduate School (the University of Charleston, S.C.) will pay $6,830 per semester, and out-of-state residents will pay $17,380 per semester.

The new attendance costs reflect a 3.5 percent tuition increase for in-state students and a 4 percent tuition increase for out-of-state students, as well as an average 1.5 percent increase in the meal plan, he said. There is no increase in the housing rate.

The increases for undergraduate and graduate students will enable the College to make strategic investments in student financial aid, faculty recruitment and retention and diversity initiatives, according to a release from the school. Revenue from the tuition increases will also be used to absorb rising healthcare premiums and retirement contributions for state employees as well as support the state's veterans and dependent tuition assistance program.

President Glenn F. McConnell applauded the board's decision.

"I'm pleased that the Board of Trustees took action to strategically invest in the distinctive attributes that make the College a unique and special university," McConnell said. "Taken together, the commitment of our faculty and staff to providing a student-focused experience, the quality and breadth of our academic programs and our unrivaled location in Charleston truly set us apart from all other schools."

Despite the increase, school officials expect the College of Charleston will continue to rank near the middle among South Carolina's 13 four-year public universities for in-state tuition.

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