Tuition and required fee increases for the system campuses are 3.6 percent for Beaufort and Upstate and 4.9 percent for Aiken.
For the regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union), students with fewer than 75 credit hours will see tuition and required fees increase by 5 percent. For students with 75 or more credit hours, tuition and required fees will increase by 5.8 percent.
Pastides said arriving at the budget was not easy but that he is pleased that the university was able to protect its core mission of teaching, research and service.
“I am confident that this budget strongly reflects our priorities,” he said. “I have said that we will not allow this crisis to hold us back, and we won’t allow it to hold back our students. We anticipate having one of the biggest and the best freshman classes this fall, and we want to guarantee that they, and all our students, have a first-rate learning and student-life experience that will serve as the foundation for their futures.
Stimulus funds will be distributed strategically on the campuses, Pastides said. Under his leadership, the university has engaged in a yearlong, comprehensive strategic planning study in which faculty, staff and students identified five bold initiatives for enhancing the university’s impact. These initiatives emphasize teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creativity; service excellence; quality of life in the university community, and recognition and visibility.
The University of South Carolina enrolls more than 41,000 students on its eight campuses and has more than 236,000 living alumni around the world.