From Denise-Marie Balona at the Sentinel:
In a push to save money and force students to finish their studies as fast as possible, Florida’s public universities have doubled the fee they charge students who take more classes than they need for graduation.
Starting this school year, students will pay an “excess hour” fee that’s equal to tuition on all courses they take after they complete a certain number of credit hours — 115 percent of what’s necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree.
So if a degree program requires 120 credit hours, for example, students would pay twice as much for classes after they’ve racked up 138 credit hours. That means if a three-hour course costs $310 in tuition, students would end up paying $620 once the fee is tacked on.
There is no bigger graduation delayer than changing from a major like creative writing to one like engineering, especially if a student hasn’t taken advanced math and a full science program in high school. Is this an argument for requiring STEM-readiness (Precalc or Calc, and biology-chemistry-physics) for university admission?