USF students will likely pay more for tuition and fees in the fall after the Board of Trustees Finance and Audit Workgroup (BOT FAW) unanimously voted at its meeting Thursday to raise several rates for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
The group opted to increase the tuition differential fee by 7 percent for all undergraduate students on top of an additional 8 percent tuition increase that the Florida Legislature recommended in its budget. The Board of Governors must vote to allow raising the fee, while the tuition increase still awaits approval by Gov. Charlie Crist.
The BOT FAW also voted to increase local fees by 15 percent beginning in the fall. These fees are allocated to Activity and Service, Athletics and Health. The three entities recently pledged the increase would directly benefit students in the form of campus-wide improvements, including finishing the Magnolia intramural fields by October, purchasing equipment for the new Campus Recreation Center, constructing new soccer and tennis facilities and increasing staff at the Counseling Center.
It took advantage of the one-time opportunity to raise the fee beyond the 5 percent cap, which was allowed when the legislature passed the Higher Education Conforming Bill last month. Crist must also sign this bill into law before the increase takes effect.
Meanwhile, the BOT FAW voted to implement a new Global Experience fee in the fall. This means students will begin paying a $10 flat fee per semester. Provost Ralph Wilcox said at the meeting that this will generate about $1 million per year and help fund study abroad scholarships.
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The Student Health Services (SHS) building located next to the bookstore will remain unoccupied, as no decisions have been made to determine what the space will be used for, according to Susanna Perez, communications and marketing officer at the SHWC. All operations that the building used to house were moved to the new Student Health […]
Multimedia correspondent Diego Adesso tested the virtual reality simulation at the exhibit. ORACLE VIDEO/DIEGO ADESSO A section of the first floor of the building was closed off by USF library officials to place an immersive 45-60 minute exhibit of the Kellogg Museum that will be open to students from Sept. 21 through March 1. The […]
SFS founder Will Mleczko, a sophomore economics major, said he struggled to afford the cost of living on campus and was forced to take out loans. His struggles were similar to those of his peers in SFS. Six of the organization’s members spoke while around 20 other members held signs reading “The cost of living […]
The temporary Esports Living Lab (ELL) opened on Sept. 11 at the FIT. The 900-square-foot lab will serve as a precursor to the upcoming permanent lab of the same name set to open in 2024. Open from 5-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, the temporary ELL is stocked with 16 monitors, headsets and microphones as well […]
USF now sits at No. 45 among all public universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking – a decrease of three spots from its place at No. 42 last year. Last year’s ranking was the university’s highest ever. This was the fifth consecutive year that USF was listed within the top 50 […]