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Citadel News Service
29 May 2013

Board of Visitors will be asked to consider tuition increase

The Citadel Board of Visitors on June 8 will be asked to consider an across the board 3.16 percent increase in mandatory tuition and fees next year.

The board's finance committee voted today to recommend the same percentage increase for in- and out-of-state cadets and students enrolled in The Citadel Graduate College.

"With state appropriations stabilized at lower levels than before the Great Recession, we are adapting to a 'new normal' that requires us to identify more efficient ways to operate and secure new sources of revenue," said Thomas J. Elzey, executive vice president for finance, administration and operations. "A tuition increase is part of that blend of revenues."

The increase, which would be effective for the 2013-2014 academic year, also includes a slight increase in the cost of technology improvements, food and the college's leadership development program. It also would support expansion of the School of Engineering to include a mechanical engineering professor, a School of Business Administration professor and a professor for the newly created Department of Criminal Justice.

"We face a balancing act – keep costs as low as possible without undermining the integrity of a Citadel education," Elzey said. "This tuition increase will help fund The Citadel's strategic priorities that will ensure we provide the academic and leadership experience our students, families and alumni expect."

The Board of Visitors meets June 7 and 8. If approved state mandatory tuition and fees would increase on average from $10,523 to $10,855 for in-state cadets and from $28,776 to $29,685 out-of-state cadets.

Graduate student tuition and fees would increase on a per credit hour basis as follows:

  • $510 to $526 a credit hour for in-state graduate students
  • $840 to $867 a credit our for out-of-state graduate students

Evening undergraduate student tuition and fees would increase on a per credit hour basis as follows:

  • $410 to $423 a credit hour for in-state evening undergraduate students
  • $743 to $766 a credit hour for out-of-state evening undergraduate students.

Once approved, bills for the 2013-2014 academic year will be distributed in early  July.

To help our parents of cadets prepare, The Citadel provides what is called the "all-in" costs. It represents a total cost parents can expect to pay for all college-related expenses.

"All-in" cost is unique to The Citadel and includes such things as room, board, laundry/dry cleaning, infirmary use and costs for uniforms, books and living expenses like haircuts and toiletries. These are mandatory costs because all cadets are required to live on campus and all cadets are required to purchase their uniforms their freshman year. And because cadets do not leave campus as often as other college students do, certain services like an infirmary and laundry and dry cleaning are provided on campus.

If approved by the Board of Visitors on June 8 the "all-in" cost to enroll in the Corps of Cadets will represent an average "all-in" increase of 2.9 percent for in-state cadets and 3 percent for out-of-state cadets.

In State Out of State

$25,459 ($24,827)

$44,289 ($43,080)


$21,393 ($20,761)

$40,223 ($39,014)


$21,393 ($20,761)

$40,223 ($39,014)


$21,393 ($20,761)

$40,223 ($39,014)

(Numbers in parenthesis are for the 2012-2013 academic year.)

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