TAMPA, Florida - The cost of attending USF could actually go down a little bit next year, for the first time in nearly two decades.
The USF Board of Trustees agreed Thursday morning to freeze most student fees, while reducing others such as materials & supplies, and facilities & equipment.
A group of USF students, administrators, and faculty members recommended to trustees an increase of about $2 per credit hour in 2014-2015. Currently, student fees average about $3,250 per year for such things as varsity athletics, campus activities, technology, and health services.
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The last time USF lowered the overall cost of attending the university was 1987-1988, when students paid just $1,070.80 a year, a 40-cent (0.04%) drop from the previous year. Currently, USF students pay $6,409.70 to attend the university, based on 30 credit hours.
USF's trustees will likely approve the Thursday recommendations next month. The university's 2014-2015 tuition figures will be finalized this spring by the Florida legislature.
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