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Florida making moves towards flat-rate tuition in college

November 30,2010 by: admin

Florida is planning to make changes in college tuitions, but so far, only the University of Florida is showing interest in allowing this change to take place. The public universities are now given a chance to switch to flat-rate tuitions. This means that, regardless of how many courses a student takes, the tuition rate is flat instead of credit hour charge.

The University of Central Florida and the Florida Atlantic University have no tactics of making this huge switch at anytime, according to their school officials. They need more time to plan this out and the chances of getting enough budgets for quality education and facilities do not seem promising in regards with improving college education.

Last Thursday, the state university Board of Governors has voted on the so-called block tuition notion. They voted “no” and said they do not impose a switch from any school in Florida. The Board of Governors requires a complete proposal of this switch from each university’s board of trustees before they would provide their signatures. This would give enough chance for the students to weigh their options and prepare just in case the so-called block tuition would take effect.

Officials of the University of Florida said they want the flat rate effective this fall of 2010. They believe that this will persuade students to register and sign up for additional credit hours for each semester. This will, in turn, allow them to graduate faster. This is great news since most students take more than four years to complete their studies. In the long run, the students and their parents will save more time and money, and will allow graduates to fend jobs earlier than usual.

The block rate would also be beneficial for new students. Making students graduate earlier will provide room for incoming students to be able to attend the University of Florida. The flat rate is focused on 15 hours credit. It would be advisable for students to take more course load, instead of taking fewer courses but paying the same flat rate.

Some students from the University of Florida have dropped criticisms on the proposed tuition switch. They said it seems like they will be required to pay more than what they are actually getting from the university. Some students work while attending college and having a heavier load would only make it harder for them to get through college.


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