USC offers 3-year tuition freeze in exchange for more state money

Friday, September 20, 2013

Key South Carolina lawmakers said they want more details before agreeing to the University of South Carolina’s offer Wednesday to freeze tuition and requests for state money for special projects for three years in exchange for more money from the General Assembly.

USC president Harris Pastides, who proposed the trade during his annual state of the university address Wednesday, also repeated his request that the Legislature adopt a performance-based funding formula for S.C. public colleges that could bring more state dollars to the state’s flagship university.

Pastides wants the state to cover the cost of pay increases and higher health-insurance premiums for USC employees, as well as the school’s higher energy bills. The cost of those increases now is only partially paid for by the money budgeted by the lawmakers.

Read more »