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Why USF Tuition Could Decrease Next Year

Feb 13, 2014

Lower student fees leave more money for the important things, like pizza and iTunes downloads.
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Good news for broke college students -- which, last time we checked, was every college student. The price of attending the University of South Florida could actually decrease a bit next year.

This morning, the USF Board of Trustees voted to freeze most student fees and lower others, 10 News reports.

Current student fees average about $3,250 per year, covering expenses like athletics and lab use. Undergraduate students on the USF Tampa campus pay about $6,335.70 per year, based on 30 credit hours.

Also in today's Board of Trustees meeting, students, faculty and administrators recommended raising the per-credit-hour fee by $2. The Florida Legislature will have the final say on tuition and fees this spring.

The last time the overall cost of attending USF dropped was in the 1987-88 academic year, when students saw a 40-cent drop from the previous year.

In today's economy, that buys about two packs of ramen noodles.