- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina has passed its biggest tuition hike in five years.

Local media outlets report the university’s board of trustees on Friday approved an average tuition increase of 3.25 percent.

Undergraduate students from South Carolina will pay $11,855 for annual tuition during the upcoming academic year, $373 more than this past year. Out-of-state students will pay $31,283, up $985 from last year.

Chief financial officer Leslie Brunelli says a state-mandated 3.25 percent pay raise for state employees will cost the school $11.8 million. Spokesman Wes Hickman says the state is expected to provide $4.4 million, but the school must pay the rest from tuition revenue.

Clemson University trustees agreed Thursday to raise tuition just over 3 percent for in-state students and over 4 percent for out-of-state students.

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