Winthrop University trustees approve tuition increase


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Winthrop University’s trustees say they had to increase tuition in order to fund a 3.25 pay increase that legislators approved for state employees.

The State of Columbia reports the school’s board of trustees approved a 2.5 tuition increase for undergraduate students for the 2016-2017 school year, or an extra $354. Trustees also voted on a 2 percent increase in what students pay for on-campus housing, and an extra 4.7 percent on students’ meal plans.

Tuition for graduate students will increase 3.5 percent.

An in-state undergraduate will pay $7,255 for the fall 2016 semester, and graduate students will pay $7,156.

Winthrop board chairman Karl Folkens said recurring revenue isn’t enough to pay for the salary increase. The school will have cover 75 percent of that increase.

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