Florida Atlantic University plans to seek a hefty tuition increase for the fall, despite growing concerns about the rising costs of a college.
The Board of Trustees approved a proposal Tuesday to increase undergraduate tuition by the state-allowed maximum of 15 percent, and student fees by 6 percent. A full-time in-state student would pay $6,139, up $656 from the current year, if the State University System's Board of Governors approves the request on Thursday.
FAU officials say they had no choice. The Legislature slashed funding by nearly $25 million and told universities to increase tuition by 15 percent to help offset the cuts. FAU also plans to close the Port St. Lucie and Fort Lauderdale campuses, strip public funding from the SeaTech research center in Dania Beach and lay off 60 employees.
"We did not ask for this reduction. This has been very, very painful," Trustee Sherry Plymale said. "We're concerned with offering the best educational product, and there's no other way we can do that."