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USC tuition to go up about $171 per semester

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

It's going to costs students more to attend the University of South Carolina this fall.

The university's Board of Trustees voted Friday to raise tuition by an average of 3.2%, which equates to an extra $171 per student for in-state students at the Columbia campus.

The increase takes effect when the fall semester begins in August.

University officials say during the 2015 fiscal year, they have to apply nearly $18 million toward state-mandated pay raises for employees, health and retirement benefits and implementing the Affordable Care Act. The 2015 Fiscal year begins July 1st.

"State policy on funding public higher education is fast evolving," said USC Chief Operating Officer Ed Walton. "While state support for many public entities is being restored and sometimes surpassing pre-recession levels, the state's public higher education system is being increasingly funded by student tuition."

The university says it received $144 million in state funding, which accounts for nearly 11% of total revenue.

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