BOT adopts in-state tuition for veterans
No matter their location in the country, military veterans will now be able to pay in-state tuition at USF as the Board of Trustees approved a measure Monday, following passage of HB 7015 by the state Legislature and approval of Fla. Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill, set to go into effect July 1, allows veterans to qualify for in-state tuition at Florida colleges and universities — almost one-third the price of out-of-state tuition.
Bryan Robinson, an Air Force veteran and a senior majoring in criminology, said it would have benefited him a couple of years ago, but he’s glad the change will come soon for veterans hoping to get an affordable education.
“I was out of state, so I had to wait a whole year to just apply for this school because they wanted twice as much money,” he said. “(Now) I think it will bring a lot more students to USF.”
Giovanni Marinello, an Army veteran and junior mechanical engineering major, said he thinks the bill would also benefit the university’s finances.
“The way the GI Bill is set up — it only covers the maximum in-state tuition, so the school would actually have to provide financial aid for the other half,” he said. “Before, we had to rely on the Yellow Ribbon program, and we only had (few) spots for undergrads, and now it provides more slots (for veterans).”
“I think it’s wonderful to pass and I hope to see more students at USF,” Marinello said. “It will make Florida state institutions stand out as veteran-friendly.”
Students, faculty rally against state legislation targeting diversity initiatives
At a Tuesday rally intended to create student awareness for preserving academic rights, history professor Alex Levine read aloud two emails he received earlier this week from prospective employees and graduate students expressing fear for their future at USF. One of the emails was from a trans philosophy graduate student who messaged him about her […]
BOT approves new collective bargaining agreement, hears public comments regarding state legislation
At Tuesday morning’s meeting, the Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to accept a 3-year bargaining agreement (CBA) with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and listened to public comments from students and professors regarding House Bill (H.B.) 999. During the 9:30 a.m. hour-long meeting in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, the […]
BOT approves $22 million expenditure for on-campus stadium
The Board of Trustees (BOT) met Tuesday morning at the Marshall Student Center Ballroom and approved the use of $22 million for the design of the university’s planned 35,000-seat on-campus football stadium on Sycamore Fields, located on the east side of the Tampa campus. The proposal received a unanimous vote. There was no formal […]
Four students arrested during SDS protest
Four members of Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) were arrested at the Patel Center for Global Solutions on Monday during a protest, according to USF Police Public Information representative Michael Lavelle. Laura Rodriguez, a 23-year-old USF alum, Gia Davila, a 21-year-old student, Jeanie Kida, a 26-year-old student and Chrisley Carpio, a […]
SG presidential race enters run-off election, unofficial gubernatorial and senatorial results announced
Two presidential tickets – juniors Cesar Esmeraldi and Elizabeth Volmy and juniors Sebastian Solano and Jessica Malanga – will enter a runoff election on March 21 and 22 to decide the next Student Government (SG) platform to serve USF’s student body. The meeting to announce the unofficial results, which was held Friday from noon to […]
USF Sarasota-Manatee holds groundbreaking ceremony for new residence hall
A groundbreaking ceremony for a 100,000 square foot dual housing and student center complex occurred from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, meaning USF Sarasota-Manatee will join the residential campus cohort when the facility opens by fall 2024. Members of the Board of Trustees, President Rhea Law, former USF President Judy Genshaft and Chair of the USF […]