Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The USC Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

• A 3.46 percent tuition increase for the Columbia campus

• A 3 percent increase for the four-year comprehensive campuses

• A 3 percent increase for Palmetto College online

• A 3 percent increase at USC’s two-year Palmetto College campuses for students that have completed more than 75 hours of coursework; and 3.46 percent increase for students with less than 75 hours.

“It’s an unfortunate reality that in the absence of additional state funding, tuition increases are one of the only tools available to cover rising costs and ensure USC continues to provide a world-class educational experience to its students,” says Board Chairman John C. von Lehe Jr. “The University has been and will continue to be a good steward of the funds invested in us by the state, students and donors.