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      SC State board votes to raise tuition 4 percent

      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.

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      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.

      What do you think about a tuition increase at SC State? Leave a comment below to weigh in.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)