Board of trustees recap: Tuition, fees not expected to change in 2021 budget

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Tuition and fees are not expected to change in the 2021 fiscal year budget that will be voted on by the board of trustees Friday.

The ad hoc finance committee presented to the board of trustees on Monday to discuss the budget developments in preparation for the next year.

Some of the considerations that the budget will account for is a smaller freshman class and enrollment decline in non-South Carolina residents.

This will lead to a decrease in the housing capacity, parking and number of students who choose to be on a meal plan.

No salary increases and ending consulting contracts are a few cost-saving measures the budget will consider in addition to pausing the Campus Village project and renegotiating USC's food service contract.

For athletics, there are three scenarios that are being considered: normal, play with no fans and play with minimal fans.

Athletic director Ray Tanner said the decision about fans and athletics may be decided at the state level and not by the SEC. 

"It's probably going to be an individual university decision," Tanner said. 

Tanner said the decision could be made by the board of trustees, President Bob Caslen, Gov. Henry McMaster or public health officials.

The board of trustees will meet on June 19 to vote on the budget.


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