ORANGEBURG (WACH, AP) -- Students at South Carolina State University will be paying more next semester.
The Orangeburg school's board of trustees voted for a tuition increase of 4 percent for the fall semester Thursday. That means in-state students will pay an extra $180 per semester. Out-of-state students will pay an additional $350.
That puts the schools' tuition at $9,258 per year for in-state students.
According to the latest data from U.S. News and World Report USC students paid $9,786 last year. Students attending Clemson paid $11,958.
Francis Marion, a school similar in size to SC State, charges $8,480 per student. Clic k here to see what tuition is at other state schools.Related Stories... SC State University professor looks to make biofuel cheaper Feds withhold report on SC State Transport Center Clyburn to speak at science gathering in Orangeburg
SC State Vice President of Finance John Smalls says each 1 percent increase in tuition provides the school with an additional $468,000.
Food service costs will increase 1.6 percent. But housing fees will be reduced by $250 per semester for most dorms.
The school's budget is based on revenue projections of $69 million and an enrollment of 4,500 students.
The university handled a shortfall of several million dollars this year by freezing salaries and cutting costs.
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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)