UF, FSU among top Forbes' list of best college buys

<p>Some good news:</p>

<p>UF</a>, FSU among top Forbes' list of best college buys</p>

<p>I read that article, and I think someone needs to let him know that $18,000 for 4 years of tuition and fees is a bit off, if he's counting 15 credit hours a semester (as the schools tell you to take). </p>

<p>If you start this Fall, and rates stayed the same, tuition + fees for 15 credit hours is $2912.60. Multiply by 8 semesters and I got $23,300.80 for tuition and fees.</p>

<p>It's great to be ranked as a college best buy. I just think the numbers should be clarified a bit. Reading the numbers, I'm now left with a lot of questions- Did they count just 12 credit hours per semester, instead of 15? What year range did they count for the 4 years?</p>

<p>As you know, buy the time you research and publish, info can be a few years old. With tuition rising 15% a year for the past 3 years, the info is going to get old fast. BUT, everyone else is raising tuition, so in general, FSU might move down a few slots, but the overall trend is going to keep FSU in the top 50 for quite a while. </p>

<p>OF COURSE tuition for 2011 is not going to match his figures. That info was not available until 6 weeks ago. But with UC's going up 10-12%, and many state U's going up 8-10% <a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1175122-tuition-increases-2011-2012-a.html?highlight=tuition%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/parents-forum/1175122-tuition-increases-2011-2012-a.html?highlight=tuition&lt;/a>, the relative placing will not drop much. </p>

<p>And the state legislature's hope that raising tuition 15% a year will get SUS's to the mean in 7-10 years is not going to happen now that most states U's are going up 8-10% to cover state deficits. It will be more like 20 years. We were ranked the 48th most expensive state for state tuition last I checked. FSU remains a great bargain.</p>

<p>I know everything can (and does) change. I was just kind of pointing out that I would have liked more clarity about what numbers were used.</p>

<p>Did you read the article/metholology? It was based on published tuition rates from 2009, but looking at the numbers, it was likely early 2009 and the rates were from the 2008-2009 school year, with school year 2009-2010 rates not yet set. That is three 15% increases ago....</p>

<p>I read the article linked here, which linked to a slideshow of 20 college campuses. I haven't read the link directly from Forbes. </p>

<p>The link from parent2noles though doesn't say anywhere what the methodology was, which was my point. Unless it's something on my end which is stopping an article from loading. </p>

<p>Like I said, it's great to be listed as a college best buy, but the links here don't say HOW they were chosen.</p>

<p>Thank you for the information about what was used to figure their costs.</p>