Tuition, quality up at Florida public colleges

In the last five years, tuition at the University of Florida increased by more than 44 percent. Across the state, 30 hours at UF costs an in-state student $6,312.90, while Florida State University costs $6,506 and the University of South Florida costs $6,409.70. That’s a $2,000 increase from five years ago.

In 2013, the College Board reported nationwide tuition increases. Whether students were in-state or out-of-state; enrolled in a two-year college or a four-year college; or attended a public school or private school, costs were up.

Overall costs also increased because a large percentage of students were enrolled part-time and taking longer to complete their degrees, according to the College Board.

From 2001 to 2011, enrollment in Florida’s public schools increased by 48 percent.

Locally, the rising costs are largely attributable to a decrease in state funding, said Steve Orlando, senior director for media relations at the UF. Orlando pointed out that the UF’s rates are still well below the national average of $9,000.

Read more in the Oct. 30 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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