- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - University of South Carolina trustees are raising tuition rates by 3 percent next fall to help fund pay raises, retirement benefits and health care costs.

University officials said Friday they had hoped to freeze tuition, but South Carolina lawmakers didn’t provide any extra money to deal with the state-mandated extra costs.

The 3.2 percent tuition increase will raise about $18 million. The university says the average in-state tuition will increase by about $171 a semester.

University President Harris Pastides warned more tuition increases may be necessary if the university doesn’t get more funding from the state. The university says the state provided $230 million, or 40 percent, of its funding in 2008 but just $144 million, or 11 percent, of its budget this year.

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