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U. of Florida debates flat-fee tuition

Jenna Johnson

The University of Florida is thinking about switching to a flat tuition fee, rather than charging by the credit hour, to encourage students to graduate more quickly, according to the Miami Herald.

The pricing structure is the norm at many private schools, and a few public schools have also adopted it, including the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California at Los Angeles. In Florida, the fee would be set assuming that students take 15 credit hours -- so students who take 18 hours would, essentially, get one free class, and students who only took 12 would be losing money.

Florida Provost Joseph Glover told the Herald the flat-fee structure is "definitely an encouragement for students to take additional hours toward their degree.'' But students argue that it puts older, working students at a disadvantage.

Another idea school officials are looking into: Allowing incoming students to skip the fall semester and take classes only during the summer, spring or online, according to Inside Higher Ed. The change could relieve crowding during the busy fall semester and allow the schools to accept more new students.

Read the full Miami Herald article, here.

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By Jenna Johnson  | September 20, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  News Overload  | Tags:  University of Florida  
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