Warmack sees tuition staying same for now

Apr 21, 2022

Claflin's administration building, historic Tingley Hall.


Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack says tuition might be on the rise in future school years.

He told a group of Claflin student reporters that COVID is a key factor.

“Tuition probably is not going up for the coming year but COVID is determining a lot of that,” Warmack said.

Tuition hasn’t risen since Warmack took charge of the presidency in 2019. It is likely to hike during the 2023-24 school year, he said.

The number of students coming in is integral to the cost, Warmack said.

“All of the indicators are good. Our retention looks really good,” Warmack said of the coming academic year.

With that, the real tell-all is in the number of students enrolled and attending classes in the fall semester. That is the true measure, Warmack said.

According to Warmack, application numbers are up “significantly.”

The current average annual tuition for Claflin is $17,046 in state, while the national average for HBCUs is $7,211 for in-state students and $15,043 for out-of-state students.

South Carolina State’s is $11,060, while the out of state is $21,750. The average cost of tuition across the whole of South Carolina is $8,231 for instate while out of state is $17,879.

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