FSU, UF Tuition Unlimited

Important news tonight for parents of high school seniors. If your kid plans to attend UF or FSU next year, it might cost way more than expected.

Friday the Florida House passed a bill giving the two universities the authority to raise tuition as much as they want.

Currently tuition increases are limited to 15 percent a year.

Representative Eric Fresen says allowing the two universities to raise the price to market levels will make them more competitive.
“If we are not trying to create a university system that’s going to elevate to excellence our economic development in the state is going to be dwarfed and we will be losing the battle on competition.”

The bill still has to be approved by the Senate. If it is then it goes to Governor Rick Scott who told lawmakers at the start of session he didn’t want any tuition increases.

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  • by Lorri Location: Panama City on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    All three of my children have attended UF or FSU. This would be a deal breaker for them. FSU is the closest university for my children. This would force them to drop out, and apply elsewhere, driving further distances. This is utterly ridiculous to give them free rein to raise the rates to their choosing and answering to no one. I do not feel this will make them competitive. If anything, more students will leave, seeking other Florida colleges that will give them the same degree but for less. The degree you will receive at FSU or UF is the same degree but for more.....why would any future student consider attending either college for those costs? Mine will have to leave! How sad!
  • by Chase Location: PC on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    As someone already mentioned; what about the kids that are already there? I dare say that many will have to drop out before they are finished because it will cost way more than they had prepared to pay. This will result in the retention rate to drop considerably. That will then hurt the funding received by the university which will require another tuition increase. As you can see it will become a ever increasing out of control spiral.
  • by Richard Location: Panama City on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:42 AM
    One thing this will do is seperate the party kids from those that really want to get an education. FSU has always been known as the party place to be. Maybe now that will change, too.
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      by Linda on Mar 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to Richard
      I hate to say this Richard but most of the kids you see out there doing the "party" scene are the ones who come from the money. Those that are there for the true education are usually the ones who are working their way through college .... these are the kids who will suffer the most and this is the worst thing that could happen. Our kids need a way of staying educated and competitive with the rest of society and this will only allow the rich to become educated beyond public schools ...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    Why are college books so high ? Yall try to break the bank, so the kid may have to drop out of college.Charge over a 100 dollars for a history book that he's going to use one time, ridiculous !
  • by Sandra Coppedge Location: Vernon on Mar 4, 2012 at 09:29 AM
    I can understand that the public universities in Florida are grossly undercharging compared to some of the other state university systems. But you don't come in and tell a sophomore in that system "Guess what, in the fall your tuition will raise beyond the amount you have planned for and the amount you have saved for." If this is where you are heading, it must be gradual and be planned 4 years out so that kids, parents, scholarship committees, etc, etc, have 4 years to plan. Don't drop the bomb on existing students. They have enough to stress about. How stupid! Maybe that is the plan, and I certainly hope I misread it as so.
  • by Randy Location: Panama City Beach on Mar 4, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    What happens to all the kids and parents that invested in a FL prepaid college fund? I'm sure they'll be asked to pay the increases out of pocket. This is like the conpany pensions that guarantee their employees a certain monthly payment only to have the companies decrease these payments because of their using funds and not having the money to pay their obligations.
  • by Corey Location: Panama City on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    It is a shame that the universities are allowed to continue to drain the savings of our children. We need an examination of the expendiutures and finances of all universities in Florida. The obscene salaries of the presidents and football coaches need to be trimmed. There is waste and extravagance and it needs to be identified and terminated.
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