Prior to 3/5/2008 the newsclips are available in a PDF archive.
News Clips 04/17/2013
No tuition hikes planned at FAU, FIU
Source: Sun Sentinel, 04/16/13
View Original Article
By Scott Travis
Students at South Florida's public universities may get spared a tuition hike for the first time in nearly two decades.
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and Florida International University, west of Miami, both say they have no plans to ask the university system's Board of Governors for a tuition increase. Other state universities are expected to follow suit, said board member Norman Tripp of Fort Lauderdale.
The last time state universities had no tuition increase was 1995. Tuition has increased 15 percent annually the past four years at FAU, and the past five at FIU.
"I think the feeling out there right now is it's probably a little too heavy on the students," Tripp said. "And the Legislature has been pretty good as far as what [the universities] are getting."
Both houses plan to restore $300 million in cuts imposed on the universities last year. FAU lost about $24 million, prompting it to close its Treasure Coast campus and drastically reduce operations in its Davie and Dania Beach campuses.
The only increase students at FAU and FIU would likely face this fall would be a $2 per credit hour capital improvement fee, which would be $60 per year for a full-time student. The full tuition and fees for next year would be $6,200 at FAU and $6,474 at FIU.
"We felt it was not the right time to go forward" with a tuition increase, said Dennis Crudele, vice president for finance at FAU.
The Legislature can still impose a tuition increase, but that's unlikely to happen, Crudele said. The Legislature sets regular tuition, and the universities and Board of Governors can approve an extra charge called "tuition differential."
So far, the House has proposed a 6 percent tuition hike; the Senate has proposed no increase. Crudele said he expects Gov. Rick Scott would veto any increases.
A committee of the FAU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the tuition and fee schedule for the fall. The full board plans to take a final vote in May, and the state board will consider it in June.
FAU Student Government President Robert Huffman, who sits on the Board of Trustees, voted against the tuition increase last year.
This year's freeze "is great news for students," he said.