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Legislative Updates

In order to sustain affordability, accessibility and exceptional academic quality, the University of South Carolina relies heavily on state legislators to support higher education funding and policy.

Our state legislation impacts everything from the cost of tuition to campus safety. Stay informed on the latest legislative updates so that you can lend your voice to the conversation.

Higher education bill offers historic opportunity to restore funding, increase access for SC students

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) is one of the most encouraging pieces of legislation for higher education in years. The comprehensive proposal both restores funds to institutions and provides more opportunity for South Carolina students to earn a degree.

UofSC's impact tops $5 billion annually, new study shows

The annual statewide economic impact of the University of South Carolina system now totals $5.5 billion, supporting one in 35 jobs statewide and generating nearly $220 million in tax revenue for state coffers each year, according to a new study by the Darla Moore School of Business released Monday.

New state budget follows familiar pattern; requires modest, yet critical tuition increase

The 2017-18 state budget passed by lawmakers does not adequately fund higher education and will increase costs for student and families. The University of South Carolina is working to offset the impact by making strategic investments into areas that target improvements in teaching, research innovation and student support.

Why our state needs out-of-state students and the truth about tuition discounts

Tuition abatements, a common discount tool used by colleges and universities across the nation to attract talented out-of-state students, are the subject of increased public discussion. State support for high education in the Palmetto State has been slashed over the past 15 years, making the tuition paid by out-of-state students more important than ever in keeping the cost of attendance lower for South Carolina students.

Capital Bond Bill Priorities (Existing Facilities)

See a list of USC's top priorities to renovate existing buildings.

January 31, 2017: Remarks to the House Ways & Means Committee

Prepared remarks from President Harris Pastides concerning the university's budget request and recent successes.

System Budget Request Summary

The University of South Carolina system submitted its official 2018-19 budget request to Gov. Nikki Haley this week.

Legislative Session Opens January 10

Legislative session begins in January and the day is set for Carolina Day at the Statehouse.

October 26, 2016: News from the Statehouse

The University of South Carolina submitted its official 2017-18 budget request to Gov. Nikki Haley this week.

June 6, 2016: News from the Statehouse

A budget update details spending plans passed by both the House and Senate for the next fiscal year that would restore some money to the base budgets of colleges and universities throughout the state, which is a welcomed development. In other news, the Tucker Hipps Bill was debated in the Senate, requiring Greek organizations to report on incidents involving alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, physical assault or hazing.