Students attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall will notice a less than three percent tuition increase for the 2017-2018 school year.
CCU Officials said in-state tuition would increase $162 per semester. Out-of-state tuition will increase $376 per semester. The rise in tuition is because of an increase in funding for the state’s pension, health, and dental insurance.
“The costs are a result of the state pension reform bill,” said David A. DeCenzo, president at Coastal Carolina University. “We eliminated more than $2 million from our operating budget by cutting future nonfaculty positions. The budget cuts will not require any personnel layoffs or furloughs.”
DeCenzo says the school board did agree not to raise housing fees. However, some meal plans will increase between $10 and $35 per semester depending upon the meal plan selected by the student. For the first time, meal plans will be offered to faculty and staff.
Aramark, the University’s food service provider, is the recipient of the meal plan fees.
Despite the tuition hike, students are paying less this year than they did six years ago, that is according to outgoing board chairman D. Wyatt Henderson.
Henderson said in 2011, tuition fees which include housing and meals for an in-state, full-time student cost $17,500. Add in inflation over the last six years; students would be paying $21,300 to attend CCU in 2011.
In 2017, tuition fees which include housing and meals for an in-state, full-time student cost $19,800. That is $1,500 less per year to attend now than it did six years ago.
The board gave the green light to a $270,000 discretionary fund for DeCenzo for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The money allows the president to promote the University and raise funds for the institution.
New officers were elected to the board. They will begin their two-year term on July 1.