Thursday, July 10, 2014

EFSC's cost per credit hour rises to $106

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- The cost to attend Eastern Florida State College has risen from $104 to $106 per credit hour. 

Tuition will remain $78.84 per credit hour for Florida residents, which has stayed the same for the last three years, but a capital improvement fee will go up $2 per credit hour, bringing the total tuition and fee cost from $104 to $106 per credit hour for lower division Florida residents.  Last year, the cost per credit hour rose from $102 to $104.

The increase comes after the college’s Board of Trustees approved a $74.4 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 last month which took effect July 1.

College President Dr. Jim Richey said the budget fully funds all current and future academic programs, including the 22 new programs that the college has started the past two years.

Among those are nine Bachelor Degree tracks in Business, Health Care and Computer Information Technologies.

“With this budget, Eastern Florida remains highly affordable for students and provides them access to new academic programs that can result in finding a great job,” said Richey. “These are the kinds of opportunities that are making a difference in our community and region.”

The fee increase was necessary because of cuts in state funding for building maintenance, repair and construction projects, said Richey.

“The additional funds will allow the college to continue to improve its critical infrastructure needs through remodeling, roof repairs, maintenance and other work,” Richey

The total per credit rate for upper division Florida residents will be reduced to $128.51, which is in line with other institutions in the 28-member Florida College System and in compliance with revised state statutes.

"The entire college staff has done an excellent job of keeping tuition low so students can get the education they need to gain a good job after graduation," said trustee Steve Charpentier.