FIU Will Have The Highest Tuition of Any Florida Public School

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It's not the best public university in Florida. But soon it will be the most expensive. The State University System's Board of Governors announced today that it's approved a tuition raise of 15 percent for Florida International University, and full time students will pay $4,669 a year starting next semester. FIU is one of four schools that had their requests of a 15 percent tuition hike (the max allowed under state law) approved. In a rare move we can actually agree with, Gov. Rick Scott strongly disapproves. 

Along with FIU, the BOG also approved 15 percent hikes for FAU, UCF, and New College. FSU's tuition, meanwhile, will go up 13 percent, while UF's will rise 9 percent. UF's is actually the lowest tuition increase this year of all Florida public universities, though tuition there was raised 15 percent in the five previous years. 

"Tuition has risen 71 percent over the past four years and graduates are facing unprecedented levels of debt. We can't continue on this path," Scott said in a statement. "It is my priority to keep the cost of living low for Floridians and have an education system that produces the most competitive, highly skilled work force in the world. And I expect our universities and the Board of Governors to seek those same goals."

Meanwhile, tuition at the University of Florida will cost students $4,425 a year. That's the fifth-highest tuition in the state. 

Keep in mind that public university tuition is pretty low compared to other states. Average in-state tuition in the state is the fifth lowest when compared to other states. Public universities, with approval of the BOG, are allowed to raise tuition 15 percent a year every year until prices reach the national average. 

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Provost Breslauer’s  Chancellor Birgeneau, decision  to ‘charge Californians higher tuition’ means Cal. nationally ranked #1 public university total academic cost - resident. Cal ranked # 2 in faculty earning potential. UC Berkeley tuition is rising faster than costs at other universities.  Believe it: Harvard College cheaper than Cal.  


University of California negates the promise of equality of opportunity:  access, affordability is farther and farther out of reach. Self-absorbed Birgeneau, Breslauer are outspoken for public UC Berkeley ‘charging Californians much higher’ tuition. Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost Breslauer leave an indelible legacy on access, affordability.


Birgeneau ($450,000) Breslauer ($306,000) like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them the demanded funding. The ‘charge Californians higher’ tuition skyrocketed fees by an average 14% per year from 2006 to 2011-12 academic years. If Chancellor Provost had allowed fees to rise at the same rate of inflation over the past 10 years they would still be in reach of most middle income students. Breslauer Berheneau increase disparities in higher education and defeat the promise of equality of opportunity. An unacceptable legacy for all Californians.


Additional state tax funding should sunset. The sluggish economy and 10% unemployment  devistate family education savings. Simply asking for more taxes to fund self-absorbed Cal.senior  leadership, old inefficient higher education models and fund excessive faculty staff compensation, burdensome bonuses, is not the answer.

UC Berkeley is to maximize access to the widest number of Californians at a reasonable cost: mission of diversity, equality of opportunity. Birgeneau’s Breslauer’s ‘charge Californians higher’ tuition denies middle income families  the transformative value of Cal.


The California dream: keep it alive at Cal. fire (honorably retire) Provost George W Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned.

Opinions? UC Board of Regents  Calif. State Senators, Assembly members.


yeah but its really cool for us older americans who return from living out of the country and never finished their degrees.  From 2008 to 2015...if things work out.. i will have lived off my past taxes refunded to me thru 'loans' and intellectualize my experience from overseas.  And hey, if i want.. i will pay back the debtor government from Brazil.. or not.  Its a good thing they say in argentina to..steal from thieves..   and I may not;  I reserve the right.. but yeah you are right..and I am right too. Besides, stealing from those who never asked and then give u more later is not stealing; i mean i was just born here in 1971, and no one asked me if i wanted that or desired the things they took from me. The more I made, the more they took... the less I make, the more I take. besides, i think joining the military or police force is a bit worse than going to school on debt.. yah? only thing worse is a banker or a jail guard (gaining work experience for hell) :) ahh..u must be a romantic nationalist.. remember.. the degree we 'earn' here... is worth more overseas... and as we just learned from Julian... ecuador may give students asylum in the future who can do things... and want to do things instead of be debt slaves. jeje.. welcome to globalization and enlightenment

Eduardo Merille
Eduardo Merille

Curious. What is the best public university in Florida? and by what standard?

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 the College degree scam The Education Complex has created this stigma that somehow you are lacking if you don't have a college degree. If everyone has a college degree, then by definition that degree is devalued and not worth the paper it is written on. This is evident by the fact the many organizations are requiring a master degree to be eligible for management. I find this offensive. It is obviously in their own self interest to perpetuate this myth.Now that everyone believes this myth, they tell you that if you take out a $50,000 easy government loan and be a slave to the payments for the rest of your life you will have a good job and be fulfilled.Right, while you end up living with your parents because you can't find a job. If you were poor you are now poor and in debt up to your neck. Many will be in debt for most of their lives with no value from their worthless degree a college degree does not guarantee a job

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

And that $40k a year can't guarantee you'll know how to write for a newspaper without a few spelling and grammatical errors per article


5 G's for FIU still beats 40 for UM.


Depends on what you want to major in, but generally Florida state schools have a North-South "best to worst" gradient ranking, UF and FSU are generally considered on top, then UCF, and then the rest are generally on the same level, but again depends what you want to major in.

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