Monday, June 27, 2016

Columbia, SC - It may be hard to believe, but for the last four years, Benedict College has not increased its tuition. Mindful of the weak economy and many challenges with the Parent PLUS Loan, the 146-year old Midlands College elected to keep its tuition at $26,390 from 2012 through 2015-2016 academic year.

This past April, the Benedict College Board of Trustees approved an increase in tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year. The new tuition is $28,238 which is a $924 increase per-semester if you are a boarding student. “In order to maintain the quality of our academic programs and physical plant, a moderate increase was necessary,” noted Dr. David Swinton, President and CEO of Benedict College. “The Board of Trustees carefully scrutinized our financial resources to ensure that our tuition was fairly priced and competitively with other private colleges. It should be noted that with the increase to $28,238 Benedict College is still lower than the average cost of tuition for private college in South Carolina.”

“We have made every effort to cut expenses without sacrificing the College quality. This was done through the sacrifices of all faculty and staff taking a reduction in salary and benefits,” adds Dr. Swinton. In addition, Benedict College has the most generous institutional scholarships and need based grant program in the State and in 2015-2016 the College gave out over $17 million in grants and scholarship. Benedict’s Financial Aid Department works very hard to obtain maximum financial aid for each student.

Over the last four years, the private historically black college has been improving its academic offering for the new economy. New majors include Environmental Engineering, Applied Computing, Transportation and Logistics Engineering and coming soon Cyber Security. Last year, Benedict College School of Science, Technology, Engineering (STEM) and Mathematics opened the doors to its new Center for Engineering and Science which is the home of the College’s new Radiation Training Safety Center. Students receive hands-on training on the use of radiation safety equipment, and complete several embedded courses in health, physics and radiation safety.

While the increased tuition will help improve and maintain the physical plant, the College has been busy upgrading all its classrooms with smart boards, improving the campus Wi-Fi system, installing new heating and air conditioning systems in all buildings including on-campus dormitories. Benedict continually strives to enhance its student services, as they did recently by renovating the Swinton Center and making improvements to the student café, faculty and staffing dining area, ballroom, post office and game room while building a new food court, student lounge and bookstore.

For more details about tuition, fees, and room rates for the 2016–2017 academic year, please visit: http://www.benedict.edu/cms/?q=node/74 or call 803.705.4659.

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Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519 hunterk@benedict.edu
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366 wigfallc@benedict.edu

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