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Higher tuition, lower tuition at USF

A powerful politician speaks, and USF listens?

"Why don't we raise the tuition for the graduate students and the law school students instead of those on Bright Futures? I think it should be raised significantly."

Webster So said Sen. Daniel Webster (left), outgoing Majority Leader, as the legislative session wrapped up last month, when the Gradebook asked him how universities might generate more revenue.

Well, fast forward a few weeks and whattaya know? USF trustees are poised to raise tuition for in-state graduate students by 10 percent for programs including finance, marketing and nursing. Florida med school students would pay 6 percent more, physical therapy students 4.5 percent more.

Meanwhile, out-of-state grad students in several programs would pay 10 percent less, allowing USF to more easily lure top students from around the country and the world. Faculty say the lower tuition also will mean grants covering the studies of those students will stretch further.

Graduate tuition and fees for non-Floridians studying here are now among the highest in the nation, more than $20,000 a year. Yet in-state graduate tuition and fees are among the lowest, $6,100 a year.

The full USF board of trustees will vote on the changes June 12.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:45am]


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