Undergraduate tuition, fees to increase an average of 8 percent
The Citadel Board of Visitors has approved an average 8 percent increase in the 2008-2009 comprehensive cost to parents and cadets. The comprehensive, or all-in costs, include tuition and fees, auxiliary fees for room, board, mandatory uniforms and infirmary use.
Auxiliary fees also cover costs for laundry/dry cleaning, books and living expenses, such as haircuts and toiletries for cadets, all of whom must live on campus. While other colleges may not collect fees such as these up front, they are comparable to the living expenses students would face over the course of a year.
Mandatory fees, which include registration, tuition, college fees and athletic fees, will increase from $7,735 to $8,428 (9 percent) for in-state cadets and from $19,291 to $21,031 (9 percent) for out-of-state cadets.
Tuition at the Citadel Graduate College will increase by $45 per credit hour for graduate courses, and undergraduate courses taught through CGC will increase by $38. CGC graduate tuition will remain the lowest in the state, by more than $40 per credit hour in 2008-2009.
“Tuition and fees increases are a difficult balancing act for The Citadel,” said Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs Col. Curt Holland. “We have a duty to maintain the excellence our students and their families expect of The Citadel. We also make every effort to keep down costs, and The Citadel remains one of the most affordable options among colleges and universities offering a comparably high quality education.”
The increase will offset diminishing state appropriations, which for the upcoming academic year account for less than 17 percent of The Citadel’s projected $88 million operating budget, and increasing operating expenses such as salaries and energy costs and the replacement of an information technology system that dates back to the 1980s.
With the approved increase, the total, or “all-in” costs, for 2008-2009 for the Corps of Cadets is as follows:
|Freshmen||$20,897 ($19,595)||$33,500 ($31,151)|
|Upperclassmen||$17,017 ($15,755)||$29,620 ($27,311)|
For The Citadel Graduate College, the per-credit-hour cost is as follows:
|Graduate||$325 ($280)||$534 ($503)|
|Undergraduate||$277 ($239)||$486 ($458)|
|Professional Development||$100 ($80)||$296 ($276)|
(Numbers in parenthesis are for the 2007-2008 academic year.)