USC Upstate News

Upstate Keeps Tuition Increase To 3.6 Percent; Indications Point To Strong Fall Enrollment

06- 12- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina’s Board of Trustees gave preliminary approval to a 2009-2010 operating budget on June 11 that results in a very modest 3.6 percent increase in tuition rates at USC Upstate. This increase translates into a $150 increase for a full-time student (12 to 16 credit hours) and brings tuition costs up to $4,321 per semester.

Dr. John Stockwell“We are pleased to keep the increase to an absolute minimum in spite of the financial pressure that the University faces in wake of historic state budget cuts,” said Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate. “We are very mindful of the financial burdens that our students and their families are facing and want to keep the possibility of an education at USC Upstate within reach.”

According to Stockwell, even with the current economic climate and tuition increase, early indications for fall enrollment are very favorable, despite the fact that the University’s first Freshman Orientation session isn’t until June 15.

The University will open its second freshman housing facility in August and already the Palmetto and Magnolia Houses are at 75 percent capacity. Palmetto House accommodates 346 students and Magnolia House accommodates 352 students.  The numbers for returning students are equally impressive. The Villas, an apartment-style housing complex reserved for upperclassmen, is also at 75 percent capacity.

USC Upstate currently enrolls 5,000 students from 38 states and 71 nations. The fall semester begins on August 20. For more details, visit or call (864) 503-5000.