Pastides said that at the Columbia campus, a tuition increase of 16 percent would have been required to restore the university’s 2010 base budget, a figure out of the question in order to keep education affordable.
Since the 2008 fiscal year, the university’s state appropriations have been cut by nearly $105 million.
Seventy-seven percent of the operating budget is slated for categories that directly serve students, including instruction, academic support, student services and scholarships, Pastides said.
State appropriations for FY 2010-11 will make up 10.9 percent of the total system budget and 10.3 percent of the Columbia campus total budget, following federal grants and contracts, auxiliary enterprises, and tuition and fees.
The tuition adjustment for undergraduates on the Columbia campus will raise tuition and required fees for in-state students by $315, to $4,893 per semester. Non-resident tuition and required fees will increase to $12,681 per semester.
Graduate-student tuition and required fees also will increase by 6.9 percent: $351 per semester for in-state students, for a total of $5,445; $735 per semester for non-resident students, for a total of $11,475.
Tuition and required fee increases for the system campuses are 6 percent for Aiken, 9.5 percent for Beaufort and 5 percent for Upstate.
For the regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union), students with fewer than 75 credit hours will see tuition and required fees increase by 6.5 percent. For students with 75 or more credit hours, tuition and required fees will increase by 5.4 percent.
The University of South Carolina is the state’s flagship university, enrolling more than 43,000 students on its eight campuses.