While public universities in Florida and across the nation are routinely implementing double-digit annual tuition increases, some private universities — sensing college costs may be reaching a breaking point — are opting to keep tuition flat for the upcoming academic year.
One local example is Barry University, which has opted to freeze undergraduate tuition for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. The university’s nearly 3,000 undergrads will continue to pay the current annual tuition of $28,160.
Barry spokesman Jeremy Jones call the school’s decision, made by the Barry Board of Trustees in recent weeks, “a conscious effort” to maintain affordability. It is the first such freeze at Barry in at least 15 years, Jones said.
Though the biggest percentage increases have been happening at public colleges, the in-state student sticker price at those institutions is still far less than at private colleges. Annual tuition and fees at Florida International University this year amounts to $5,678.