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First tuition hike, now higher USF fees



Students, prepare to dig deeper into those pockets.

Gov. Charlie Crist already approved a 5 percent tuition hike for spring that will cost the typical full-time, Florida undergraduate an additional $55 per semester. And starting next year, USF can charge a "differential" tuition that is up to 30 percent more than the statewide tuition rate of $77.39 per credit hour.

Now comes this: A committee of the USF board of trustees next week is expected to recommend the full board approve a series of fee increases to take effect in fall 2008.

For Tampa students the activity and service fee would increase by 37 cents per credit hour, to $8.79. Health fees would stay the same, $7.91 per credit hour; but the athletic fee that helps support USF's growing football program would go up by 98 cents, to $11.50 per credit hour. Trustees also want to boost the transportation fee by 75 cents, to $3 per credit hour, for students on the Tampa campus.

For the typical student taking 15 credits, that amounts to $31.50 more per semester for fees.

USF officials say revenues from the higher fees will pay for the renovated Marshall Center's increased operating costs, better campus life programs, Sun Dome renovations, a hike in the number of student football tickets allotted each year, and more athletic scholarships.

The trustees committee meets Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Marshall Center. The full board meets Dec. 6.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:25am]


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