|FOR RELEASE||April 20, 2001|
Citadel raises fees in response to expected budget cuts
The Citadel Board of Visitors today approved an overall 6.6 percent increase in fees to help compensate for an expected 12 percent cut in state funding next year. The higher fees will mean that an in-state freshman will pay $13,806 for the 2001-2002 year and an upperclassman will pay $10,546. Out-of-state freshmen will pay $20,481 and upperclassmen will pay $17,221.
Those figures include not only tuition and fees but also room, board and uniform expenses.
Fees for those taking classes in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies - The Citadel's civilian evening college - will see tuition for their classes rise four percent. The board decided to keep those fees consistent with those at the College of Charleston because the two colleges have several joint programs.
The hike is the first for in-state students at The Citadel in two years. While there was an increase in out-of-state fees last year, the college has not raised tuition for South Carolinians since 1999.
Other steps The Citadel is taking to cope with the anticipated budget cut include a hiring freeze, and cuts in travel and operational expenses that should amount to about $700,000 next year. Vice President of Finance Curt Holland said the college should be able to balance the budget with the belt-tightening actions and the tuition increase.
Col. Leonard C. Fulghum, Jr., the chairman of the Board of Visitors, described the proposal as a "good, tight budget with increases that are necessary."