|MUSC students adjust to fall 2010 tuition increase
|by Cindy Abole
Responding to South Carolina’s lagging economy and continued state
budget cuts in higher education, MUSC will increase tuition within its
six colleges by 5 to 10 percent starting
in fall 2010.
MUSC’s Board of Trustees approved the tuition increases in April in an
effort to give students advanced notice for budget planning and
coordinating financial aid support. The board reviewed details of the
tuition and student fee increases during its May 20 meeting.
“Our deans are mindful of the strain that tuition places on students
and their families; that most of our students are not eligible for
lottery scholarships; and of the growing lifetime debt burden from
tuition and fees,” said John Raymond, M.D., MUSC vice president for
academic affairs and provost and DCI Professor of Medicine. “The deans
have asked our faculty to be more productive in terms of bringing in
research grants and clinical revenues to partially offset the need for
tuition increases. They also have asked our staff and faculty to be
creative and to do more with less; and the faculty and staff have done
a wonderful job in that regard.”
The cuts will raise tuition in all six of MUSC’s colleges. One year’s
in-state tuition ranges from $12,852 for a full-time master’s degree
student in the College of Graduate Studies to $38,906 for a third-year
medical student. Supplemental fees, which account for additional
costs such as lab fees, testing, library and informatics and other
equipment, were raised by as much as 10 percent.
State appropriations for state institutions have steadily decreased
during the past decade. The situation has challenged colleges and
universities to work harder, be more resourceful and achieve success in
extramural funding opportunities.
Despite these challenges, the recent tuition increases in many of the
colleges and programs are lower in percentages compared to previous
increases since 1995, according to Raymond.
“The Office of Academic Affairs has chipped in with nearly $400,000
from our operating budget to provide deans’ and provost’s scholarships
this year,” Raymond said.
For a schedule of the 2010-2011 MUSC Academic Charges visit,
Friday, June 4, 2010