CLEMSON — Clemson University trustees Thursday set tuition and fee increases for the 2016-17 academic year, including 3.14 percent, or $218, increase per semester, for undergraduate students from South Carolina and a 4.27 percent, or $700, increase per semester, for undergraduate students from out of state. Graduate students will pay an average of 6.09 percent more for tuition.

Student housing and dining plans will increase by an average of 5 percent across the board, an average of $80 per semester for dining and $167 per semester for housing. Actual costs will depend on the residence hall and meal plan selected.

Revenues from the increases will cover cost-of-living and state-mandated health and retirement costs, increased utility safety and security costs and facility stewardship.

Clemson consistently is ranked nationally among the top public universities and the school of choice for thousands of high school graduates as indicated by record applications. The administration’s focus is on maintaining the “Clemson Experience” and ensuring academic quality through protecting student-to-faculty ratios, class availability and higher graduation rates.

“We are committed to protecting the high level of academic quality that our students have come to expect and ensuring that students are able to get the courses they need to graduate on time. Tuition is crucial in funding our efforts to offer the best college experience possible for our students,” said President James P. Clements. “We also are committed to keeping Clemson affordable, and we appreciate the support of the state and leaders of the General Assembly that has enabled us to keep this tuition increase low.”