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USC Students Could be Affected by State Budget Cuts

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Margaret Lamb says USC is preparing for a loss in state funding. Margaret Lamb says USC is preparing for a loss in state funding.

By: Courtney Khondabi

      The loss of last years federal stimulus money and a South Carolina budget that is in the red by over $800 million means more cuts in funding for state school's, colleges, and health care agencies.

      The University of South Carolina would see 14 percent less, $17.7 million, in state funding in next year's budget that starts July 1.  That could mean another round of tuition increases for students. 

      Margaret Lamb, director of USC Media Relations, says it is unclear exactly where cuts will be made, but the university will most likely make decisions similar those of the past.

     "Positions that have been vacated have not been filled, faculty have been asked to increase their teaching loads, essentially everybody has been asked to do more with less," said Lamb.

      USC has been dealing with large cuts in state money for the last two years.  The state reduced its USC funding by almost 25 percent in 2008-2009 and cut even more in 2009-2010.

      Tuition now pays for most of the university's budget.  In-state tuition went up 3.6 percent after the 2009 cuts and was raised 4.5 percent for the 2010-11 school year.   

      Lamb says there is no decision yet on possible tuition increases for the 2011-12 school year.

  The South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee has included one-time grants for around $ 9 million in the proposal that would pay for some campus building maintenance.

     The new proposal will be up for floor debate before the full house in two weeks.

 

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