Tuition

The University of Florida’s tuition is among the very lowest in the United States. While that sounds like good news to Florida’s students, in fact low tuition contributes to an erosion of the quality of higher education. Legislation has been introduced that would, over time, increase tuition at Florida’s public universities to the national average.

ACTION

  • UF strongly supports the tuition bill, House Bill 403/Senate Bill 762.
  • It would increase students’ tuition by only $200 per semester next year and would generate badly needed revenues in this time of budget cuts.
  • UF student government supports the tuition increase because it will improve education at the university.
  • Over time, this proposal would increase UF’s tuition revenue by $70 million. The funds would go toward academic enhancement, including more faculty.

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BACKGROUND

Tuition and state funding make up 35 percent of UF’s revenues. When both of these revenue sources are low, the university faces a budget challenge.

At $3,800 per year for 2008-09, UF’s tuition ranks 49th among the 50 state flagship universities in the country. We rank 519 of 591 public universities in the amount of tuition for resident, undergraduate students.

University of Florida vs. Peers

University of FL vs. Peers

In previous years, state funding in Florida was relatively strong. The combination of state support and tuition gave UF fairly high revenues as compared with other public universities. But that has changed in recent times.

For example, in 1989 UF received more than $26,000 per student in state funds and tuition. By 2006, UF’s revenues were down to $16,000 per student.

State Appropriation and Tuition Revenue per Full-time Equivalent Student AAU Public Average vs. UF

State Appropriation and Tuition Revenue per Full-time Equivalent Student AAU Public Average vs. UF

UF’s budget reductions impact class size most significantly. Our faculty to student ratio is among the worst in the nation. Students complain of large classes that discourage meaningful interaction with faculty, little opportunity to meet with teachers outside of class and difficulty getting appointments with a very limited number of advisors.

Fewer funds also means UF is unable to pay faculty competitive salaries. We lose good faculty members and have difficulties attracting the very best to Gainesville.

Governor Charlie Crist has recognized the effect of falling budgets on Florida’s system of higher education and has proposed a solution we strongly support. It would allow all state universities to increase tuition 15 percent per year until we reach the national average.

If this proposal passes the legislature, students would experience a tuition increase of approximately $200 per semester next year. Bright Futures scholarships would not cover that amount; Florida Prepaid contracts would.

UF Undergraduate Tuition in a National Context


RESIDENT UNDERGRAD TUITION AT STATE FLAGSHIPS

2008-09 Flagship Rank

University

2008-9

2007-8

Increase

2007-08 Flagship Rank

2008-09 Rank (out of 591 Publics)

FLAGSHIP AVG

$ 7,482

$ 7,021

$ 461

1

Penn State, University Park

$ 13,706

$ 12,844

$ 862

1

2

2

U of Vermont

$ 12,844

$ 12,054

$ 790

2

4

3

U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

$ 12,240

$ 11,130

$ 1,110

3

11

4

U of New Hampshire, Durham

$ 11,756

$ 11,070

$ 686

4

21

5

Rutgers U, New Brunswick

$ 11,540

$ 10,686

$ 854

5

36

6

U of Michigan, Ann Arbor

$ 11,037

$ 10,447

$ 590

6

43

7

U of Minnesota-Twin Cities

$ 10,634

$ 9,885

$ 749

8

47

8

U of Massachusetts, Amherst

$ 10,232

$ 9,924

$ 308

7

52

9

U of Virginia

$ 9,505

$ 8,500

$ 1,005

11

62

10

U of Connecticut

$ 9,338

$ 8,842

$ 496

9

66

11

U of Maine, Orono

$ 9,100

$ 8,330

$ 770

13

73

12

U of S. Carolina, Columbia

$ 8,838

$ 8,346

$ 492

12

78

13

Ohio State U, Columbus

$ 8,679

$ 8,676

$ 3

10

84

14

U of Rhode Island

$ 8,678

$ 8,184

$ 494

14

85

15

U of Delaware

$ 8,646

$ 8,150

$ 496

15

87

16

U of Missouri, Columbia

$ 8,450

$ 8,099

$ 351

16

98

17

Indiana U, Bloomington

$ 8,231

$ 7,837

$ 394

18

108

18

U of Texas, Austin

$ 8,090

$ 7,670

$ 420

19

115

19

U of Maryland, College Park

$ 8,005

$ 7,969

$ 36

17

121

20

U of Kentucky

$ 7,736

$ 7,096

$ 640

23

135

21

U of Kansas

$ 7,725

$ 7,146

$ 579

22

136

22

U of California, Berkeley

$ 7,656

$ 7,164

$ 492

21

137

23

U of Wisconsin, Madison

$ 7,568

$ 7,188

$ 380

20

141

24

U of Oklahoma, Norman

$ 7,423

$ 6,507

$ 916

25

149

25

U of Colorado, Boulder

$ 7,278

$ 6,635

$ 643

24

158

26

U of Washington

$ 6,802

$ 6,385

$ 417

26

188

27

U of Nebraska, Lincoln

$ 6,585

$ 6,216

$ 369

29

203

28

U of Iowa

$ 6,544

$ 6,293

$ 251

27

206

29

U of North Dakota

$ 6,513

$ 6,130

$ 383

31

212

30

U of Oregon

$ 6,435

$ 6,168

$ 267

30

223

31

U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

$ 6,400

$ 5,700

$ 700

34

229

32

U of Arkansas, Fayetteville

$ 6,399

$ 6,038

$ 361

32

230

33

SUNY, Buffalo*

$ 6,285

$ 6,218

$ 67

28

240

34

U of Hawaii-Manoa

$ 6,259

$ 5,390

$ 869

37

243

35

U of Tennessee, Knoxville

$ 6,250

$ 5,932

$ 318

33

246

36

U of Georgia

$ 6,031

$ 5,622

$ 409

35

275

37

U of South Dakota

$ 5,828

$ 5,393

$ 435

36

290

38

U of Arizona

$ 5,531

$ 5,037

$ 494

40

338

39

U of NC, Chapel Hill

$ 5,397

$ 5,340

$ 57

38

361

40

U of Utah

$ 5,285

$ 4,987

$ 298

41

369

41

U of Montana, Missoula

$ 5,150

$ 5,141

$ 9

39

383

42

U of Mississippi

$ 5,107

$ 4,932

$ 175

42

388

43

West Virginia U, Morgantown

$ 5,100

$ 4,722

$ 378

43

391

44

LSU, Baton Rouge

$ 5,086

$ 4,543

$ 543

45

393

45

U of New Mexico, Albuquerque

$ 4,834

$ 4,571

$ 263

44

405

46

U of Alaska, Fairbanks

$ 4,828

$ 4,496

$ 332

46

406

47

U of Idaho

$ 4,632

$ 4,410

$ 222

47

418

48

U of Nevada, Las Vegas

$ 4,493

$ 4,081

$ 412

48

435

49

U of Florida

$ 3,790

$ 3,370

$ 420

50

519

50

U of Wyoming

$ 3,621

$ 3,554

$ 67

49

546

Source: College Board, "Trends in College Pricing 2008" data as published in the Chronicle of Higher Education