2 Charleston colleges up tuition

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Both the College of Charleston and the Citadel are increasing tuition for the 2013-2014 school year.

Cadets at the Citadel will be paying three percent more while Cougars' tuition will go up 3.16 percent.

"With state appropriations stabilized at lower levels than before the recession, we are adapting to a 'new normal,' which requires us to identify more efficient ways to operate and secure new sources of revenue. A tuition increase is part of that blend of revenues," said Thomas J. Elzey, executive vice president for finance, administration and operations.

State mandatory tuition and fees for the Citadel will increase from $10,523 to $10,838 for in-state cadets and from $28,776 to $29,639 out-of-state cadets.

Graduate student tuition and fees would increase on a per credit hour basis as follows:

  • $510 to $525 a credit hour for in-state graduate students
  • $840 to $865 a credit our for out-of-state graduate students

Evening undergraduate student tuition and fees would increase on a per credit hour basis as follows:

  • $410 to $422 a credit hour for in-state evening undergraduate students
  • $743 to $765 a credit hour for out-of-state evening undergraduate students.

"We face a balancing act - keep costs as low as possible without undermining the integrity of a Citadel education. This tuition increase will help fund The Citadel's strategic priorities that will ensure we provide the academic and leadership experience our students, families and alumni expect," said Elzey.

Undergraduate in-state CofC students will pay $10,230 in annual tuition. Out-of-state students will pay $26,694.

Graduate School tuition will be $11,254 for in-state residents and $29,364 for out-of-state residents.

"We are mindful of the impact rising tuition costs have on College of Charleston families, and have worked hard to minimize the increase," said Greg Padgett, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "While it is always a difficult decision to raise tuition, the College of Charleston is committed to maintaining{}our high academic quality at an affordable price."

Last year, the Citadel increased tuition by three percent for in-state and 6.4 percent for out-of-state cadets while CofC increased tuition by 3.15 and four percent respectively.