Benedict College, the historically Black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, held tuition steady from 2012 through the 2015-16 academic year. After a four-year tuition freeze, the board of trustees has approved a $924 increase per semester for the coming academic year. The new $28,238 tuition remains below the average for private colleges in South Carolina.
David Swinton, president of Benedict College, stated “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. In order to maintain the quality of our academic programs and physical plant, a moderate increase was necessary.”