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You're not done yet? Florida university students to pay extra for additional credits



Money pile Students at the University of South Florida got the word earlier this month.

If they exceed the number of credits they need to earn their declared bachelor's degree by 20 percent, the university may charge them an additional 50 percent per credit hour. That's $44.29, an amount that will only go up as tuition continues to rise.

"When you have students ... who are graduating in 170, 180 hours, what they are doing is taking seats in classrooms away from other students," associate dean Glen Besterfield told the USF Oracle. "So now we have an access issue -- we can't admit more students if we've got students hanging around here longer than necessary to get their degree."

The rule holds true for all Florida public colleges and universities, effective this year. And by the way, students, welcome back.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:33am]


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