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FSU students pay No. 7 lowest tuition
Source: FSView, 10/30/13
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By Carleigh Walter
Florida State University is consistently lauded for its affordability as a best value college for students. FSU students currently pay the seventh lowest in-state tuition in the nation according to recent reports by the College Board.
Tempering this latest ranking is the fact that the state of Florida is also steadily increasing tuition costs for the past five years to compensate for statewide budget cuts. FSU alone has lost 25 percent of its academic budget and making up the difference calls for increased tuition.
In-state FSU students currently pay an average of $6,000 a year for a four-year degree, a price still well under the national average of $8,276.
There are currently 11 Florida universities, with Florida Polytechnic to be added to the roster in the coming year. These universities function off the set base tuition rate by legislature, however, they can seek extra increases from the Board of Governors known as a “tuition differential.” These increases are limited to 15% of the base-rate tuition.
In the 2012 and 2013 years Florida State has been granted 13 percent, another 1.7 increase automatically being factored in for the 2014 year. This rises are due in large part to the steep decline of state funding.
On June 7, Gov. Rick Scott made the following statement in a news release after this years tuition increase of 1.7 percent was passed for Florida State and the University of Florida:
“Florida should be proud that we have one of the most affordable, high-quality college and university systems in the country and it is imperative that the cost of higher education remains affordable and accessible to as many Floridians as possible. Each of our state’s universities have nationally recognized academic programs that we can all be proud of, while keeping tuition below the national average […] I do not agree with any tuition increase on Florida families. I want to be clear that I will veto any tuition increase passed by the Legislature again next year.”
Nationally, the 2.9 percent increase was the smallest annual increase in over three decades after experiencing a 4.5 percent hike last year and an 8.5 percent raise the year before that. Despite these hikes in tuition, the attendance rates for colleges have continued to raise with the competitive job market.