FLORENCE---New president Fred Carter has recommended that there be no tuition or fee increase at Francis Marion University for the 1999-2000 year.
William W. Coleman, reporting for the Finance and Physical Facilities Committee of the Board of Trustees at last week’s meeting, said that President Carter wanted to hold the line on costs to students.
Coleman said this was the first time in several years that the trustees have not been asked to consider a fee increase at an April board meeting. He complimented President Carter, Casey Frederick and Brinda Jones of Business Affairs and told the board members that FMU would tighten its belts and will make do with what it has.
Carter told the trustees and general faculty last week that tuition at Francis Marion University was too high for the university to be competitive. He asked the trustees to hold the line on fee increases this year and promised to take a hard look at this issue for the future.
Tuition and required fees for the regular academic year for a typical full-time undergraduate South Carolina student are $3,470, while costs for a typical full-time out-of-state student total about $6,850. Tuition for part-time undergraduate students is $163 per credit hour for South Carolina students and $326 per credit hour for non-residents.