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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The University of South Carolina says it will raise tuition next year to offset new costs the school's dealing with.

Friday the school's Board of Trustees approved a 3.2 increase in the price of tuition. The school says that translates to about $171 extra per semester for in-state students.

The school says the extra revenue from tuition is needed because they have $18 million in additional costs, caused by state-mandated employee pay raises, health and retirement benefits, and implementing the Affordable Care Act.

School officials say they've gotten less funding from the state over the years, from $230 million in 2008 to $144 million.

Back in January, USC President Harris Pastides said the school would freeze tuition if the General Assembly would give them a small increase in funding.

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