Broward College freezes tuition

Broward College freezes tuition (June 27, 2014)

A college education may not be cheap but it won't get any more expensive at many schools this year.

Broward College's Board of Trustees decided this week to freeze tuition for the 2014-15 school year, following similar moves by Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Palm Beach State College and Miami Dade College.

This is the third year in a row the Broward College trustees have chosen not to increase student costs.

"Our board and college are committed to remaining one of the most affordable opportunities to earn a degree, not only in South Florida but the United States," Broward College President David Armstrong said.

Tuition and fees at the college will remain at $105.90 per credit hour for an associate's degree, or $3,177 for a student taking a full-load.

Armstrong said the college is taking further steps to make college affordable, including offering complete online classes with no textbook charges. He said that can save students an average of $1,234 a year.

There has been a big push for college affordability from the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott this year.

State leaders amended a five-year-old law that allowed state universities to raise tuition by as much as 15 percent a year, lowering the cap to 6 percent. They also took steps to rein in the skyrocketing costs of Florida Prepaid college savings plans.

Palm Beach State will continue to have the lowest tuition for associate's degrees in South Florida, at $98.25 per credit hour, or $2,768 per year. MDC will charge $116.22 -- or $3,487 per year.

Undergraduate tuition and fees will remain about $6,200 at FAU and $6,500 at FIU.

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