Housing, not tuition, is biggest cost for many Florida students

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Take a look around UCF's new NorthView student housing complex and it's hard to believe families are struggling to cover college costs.

The apartments feature first-class amenities such as granite countertops, side-by-side refrigerators and 60-inch flat-screen TVs. When University of Central Florida students are not studying, they can relax at the Swedish sauna or sky-deck tanning area and hang out in the high-speed video-game room.

About two hours away at University of Florida in Gainesville, the dorm rooms in Thomas Hall are far more Spartan. The 107-year-old building has no air conditioning. And every 10 students share one or two showers and two to three toilet stalls.

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