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Stronger Financial Incentives Could Encourage Students to Graduate With Fewer Excess Hours, Report No. 04-44, June 2004
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Student enrollment in Florida’s higher education institutions is projected to grow faster than higher education’s share of state revenues. The Legislature may wish to consider providing financial incentives to encourage students to graduate with fewer excess hours and thereby decrease costs. The financial incentives, which other states have used and could be implemented in Florida, includ
  • charging the full cost for credit hours in excess of 115% of graduation requirements, which could save $29 million annually;
  • providing tuition rebates to students who graduate with minimal excess hours, which could serve as an incentive for timely graduation and could save $3.5 million annually; and/or
  • offering “locked-in” tuition, under which students who do not graduate within four years would pay the higher tuition rates charged to new students, which may encourage students to graduate in four years.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Florida Prepaid College Board
Student Financial Assistance
Board of Governors
Florida College System
Acceleration Programs
Associate in Arts
Postsecondary Career Training Programs
State University System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-22 Several Universities Have Improved Systems to Track Student Progress, published in March 2009.
  • Report No. 06-58 Progress Report: Excess Hours Cost State $62 Million Annually; University Actions May Help Address Problem, published in August 2006.
  • Report No. 06-57 Progress Report: Legislature Increases FRAG Awards; Residency Determination Rules Improved, published in August 2006.
  • Report No. 06-52 Florida’s Postsecondary Institutions Employ a Variety of Support Services for Students, published in June 2006.
  • Report No. 06-48 Student Tracking Systems Can Be Used to Enhance Graduation and Retention Rates, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 05-30 OPPAGA Report: Excess Hours at Community Colleges Warrant Attention by the Department of Education and the Legislature, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 04-23 Program Review: Most Bright Futures Scholars Perform Well and Remain Enrolled in College, published in March 2004.
  • Report No. 04-12 Information Brief: Florida Universities’ Tuition and Fees Slightly Below Peers, But All Costs Consume a Higher Percentage of Family Median Income, published in February 2004.
  • Report No. 03-70 Justification Review: Private Colleges and Universities Program—Department of Education, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-66 Progress Report: DOE Could Do More to Reduce Costs by Improving Community Colleges’ Articulation with Universities, published in December 2003.
  • Report No. 03-47 Information Brief: Compilation of College Affordability Data for Students Who Applied for Federal Aid, published in August 2003.
  • Report No. 03-33 Information Brief: College Attendance Costs Vary and Result From Higher Tuition, Room, and Board, published in June 2003.
  • Report No. 03-31 Information Brief: Voluntary Bright Futures Scholarship Testing Program Would Reduce Costs, published in April 2003.
  • Report No. 03-22 Special Review: Florida Prepaid College Program Is Fiscally Sound; Numerous Options Exist for Mitigating Effects of Large, Sustained Long-Term Tuition Increases, published in March 2003.
  • Report No. 03-17 Program Review: Bright Futures Contributes to Improved College Preparation, Affordability, and Enrollment, published in February 2003.
  • Report No. 03-16 Justification Review: Office of Student Financial Assistance Generally Performs Well, But Performance Measurement and Default Prevention Should Be Improved, published in February 2003.

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