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Citadel News Service
13 Jun 2009

Board of Visitors approves lowest cadet tuition hike in a decade

The Citadel Board of Visitors today approved the 2009-2010 college budget, which includes the lowest tuition and fee increases in a decade.

Annual mandatory fees for in-state cadets will increase by 3.6 percent, and out-of-state will see a 7.2 percent increase. The in-state increase is the same as the higher education inflation index.

“This budget reflects the financial pressures that cadets and their families face while maintaining the high quality they expect from our academic and leadership development programs,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.

“Of course, tuition and fees are just one part of the cost of attending college,” Rosa said. “At The Citadel, we believe it’s important to be transparent and let families know up front what the total, ‘all-in,’ cost will be.”

The Citadel’s “all-in costs” include mandatory tuition and fees plus the costs of uniforms, toiletries, haircuts, infirmary use, laundry use, room and board. Not all colleges charge all students for these additional costs up front. We do because of the unique nature of the college.

As approved by the Board of Visitors, the annual "all-in costs" for 2009-2010 for the Corps of Cadets will be as follows: 

  In-State (last year) Out-of-State (last year)
     
Freshmen $21,729 ($20,897) $35,539 ($33,500)
Upperclassmen $17,663 ($17,017) $31,473 ($29,620)

Annual mandatory fees, which include registration, tuition and college and athletic fees, will increase as follows:

  From     (2008-2009) To     (2009-2010) Increase
In state  $8,428 $8,735 (3.6 percent)
Out of state $21,031 $22,545  (7.2 percent)

Other costs associated with attending The Citadel (room, board, books, uniforms, infirmary and laundry use, haircuts and toiletries) will remain almost flat.

The Citadel’s structured leadership development program also helps families contain college costs because the college is committed to graduating cadets in four years. With a four-year graduation rate that is the highest in South Carolina, families can be confident they will not have to pay for a fifth or even sixth year of college.

The Citadel Graduate College cost per credit hour will increase from $325 to $400 for in-state students, keeping CGC tuition among the lowest in South Carolina.

  In-State (last year) Out-of-State (last year)
     
Graduate $400 ($325) $657 ($534)
Undergraduate $341 ($277) $598 ($486)
Professional Development $123 ($100) $364 ($296)

“Students in our Graduate College benefit from advanced learning in their field plus receive an exceptional leadership education taught by the same professors who teach our cadets,” Rosa said.

This year, keeping tuition increases modest was challenging because of unprecedented state appropriation cuts compared to last year. The college budget of $87.9 million absorbs a 24 percent cut, or $3.9 million, in state support.

“These are tough economic times for everyone, including The Citadel,” Rosa said. “We have had to make some very difficult decisions that kept tuition increases down without undermining the integrity of our education.”

 

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