Putting Education Reform To The Test

How Students Knew to Expect Tuition Hikes … and Protest

So far, all but three Florida colleges are raising tuition this fall.

Students from around the state suspected this would happen.

That’s why they “occupied the Capitol” during the Legislative Session earlier this year to protest the tuition hikes they saw coming miles away.

Broward College, Palm Beach State College and Valencia College – the second largest community college in the state – voted not to raise tuition.

Palm Beach State College:

The board of trustees at Palm Beach State voted Wednesday to keep tuition for two-year degrees at the same rate as last year.

But students will pay $2.25 more per credit hour in school fees.

A full-time Palm Beach State student will pay $2,948 a semester for 15 credit hours, which is an increase of about $67 from last year.

Students taking four-year degree programs, however, will see their tuition and fees increase by 6.9 percent.

Broward College:

The Broward College board of trustees voted on Tuesday to keep tuition flat.

But students will have to pay $2 more per credit hour in capital improvement fees.

A full-time Broward College student working toward an associates degree will pay $3,117 this fall, which is an increase of $60 from last year.

Bachelor’s degree students will pay $3,529 – also an increase of $60 from last year.



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