- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina is seeking an additional $7 million from the state for its “on your time” graduation initiative that allows students to graduate sooner for less money.

University President Harris Pastides told a House budget-writing panel Tuesday the school has re-engineered the academic calendar in an effort to make college more affordable. The initiative that launched in 2013 created an expanded summer session.

According to documents from the presentation, the $7 million requested would hire more faculty and student advisers.

The school is seeking an additional $11 million total in recurring money, with $3 million of that going to the Honors College.

It is requesting $40 million in one-time money, mostly to redevelop the existing law school once the new School of Law is completed.

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