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UWF tuition will increase

PENSACOLA -- Tuition is going up again at the University of West Florida this Fall.

The UWF board of trustees voted to increase tuition to 2.85 percent, an additional $1.75 per credit hour. The average student will pay about $105 per credit hour.

About 12,600 University of West Florida students will be paying a little more come August, no surprise, some of them have mixed feelings about the tuition hike," said Brett Michael, UWF junior.

Michael is studying physics.
"I'd like to you know, be in a textbook one day, that'd be awesome," he said.

But achieving that dream will cost him.
He says he's paying for not only his classes, but all the lab fees associated with his science course work.

He understands all the growth on campus doesn't come cheap.

Michael said, "We are recruiting new faculty this year, even in the science department."

The university's growth and state budget cuts have left the university in need of cash.

The tuition hike falls in line with the state mandated, 1.7 percent increase.

All Florida universities are required to implement, to keep up with inflation.

Once student fees are added the rate jumps to 2.85 percent.

"All of my cost of classes are a little bit different, I didn't notice the 2.85 percent increase, nor do I really mind it doesn't seem too substantial in the big picture."

Maybe to Brett it's not much, but to Chris Quesadea, every penny counts, and he'd like to know where his tuition money is really going.

 "It kinda puts people like me in a situation where you're saying we're getting an increase, well i'm paying for it so will i get to see it," said Chris Quesadea

Just last week, Governor Rick Scott met with UWF President, Dr. Judy Bense, claiming he wants to see tuition remain flat.

"We've been so cut so much the last five to six years, we need every dime we can get and the students need it the faculty need it," said Bense.

University officials say, the additional money gained with the tuition increase, will be evenly distributed throughout the campus.