South Carolina public colleges are among the country’s most expensive state-backed schools.
S.C. college officials blame their high tuitions and fees, in part, on the small amount of money that they get from the state, compared to public schools in other states. But top S.C. politicians say the state’s public colleges should do a better job of finding savings so that they can keep students’ costs down.
The cost of attending South Carolina’s public colleges is expected to be an issue in the gubernatorial campaign next year.
“The math doesn’t lie,” said state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden Democrat running for governor. “It’s a tax on young people to get educated.”