(Columbia, SC) -- Being a Gamecock will be a bit more expensive.
The USC Board of Trustees yesterday approved hikes in tuition and fees for the next school year.
In-state tuition will go up about three percent, which comes to about 180-dollars a semester, and food services and housing will go up as much as four percent.
The school tells The State the increases are needed, in part, to make improvements to its IT programs.
In addition, the school will now require students who do not have health insurance to purchase it through the school at a cost of around $2000 per year.