In fall of 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented the excess credit hour surcharge policy. Results remain to be seen but the policy is discussed.
Finance and Tuition
Cynthia Hernandez, a senior research associate at the Center for Labor and Research, always asks her students if they have been victims of wage theft. She said at least a dozen students raise their hands in each class.
President Obama announces a new college affordability and rating system. The system would rate colleges on factors including graduation rates and graduate earnings, favoring students who apply to high-performing colleges by giving them better rates on their student loans and more in their Pell Grants.
There are three popular vendors that FIU students use to obtain their books for their classes: Amazon, the popular online retailer; Chegg, the textbook rental and online student service organization; and the Florida International University Bookstore located in the Graham Center. Students surveyed at random were divided between the three as to which was the best option.
Recently, the Federal Work Study Program has suffered cuts and departments, including FIU Libraries and the Recreation Center, have felt the impact. Before the 2012-2013 school year, FWS covered 100 percent of the awards; but, each department of the University will now have to contribute 25 percent of these awards from their own budgets.
Generation Opportunity, a non-partisan youth advocacy organization, recently released a Millennial Jobs Report for July 2013 that pointed to a 16.1% unemployment rate among 18-29 year olds.
With the highest long-term unemployment rates, Florida’s Great Recession recovery is slow– emphasis on slow.
Representatives from the eleven Florida public universities within the State University System attended the Florida Board of Governors meeting this past week in Orlando, where FIU was approved a tuition increase that places it first in the state in tuition cost.
Following hearings with students and faculty, the Capital Improvement Trust Fund committee cast a vote approving a general CITF fee increase of $2, 5-1.