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Floridians more cautious about the cost of college

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Floridians more cautious about the cost of college

A new survey by Sallie Mae shows that parents and students in Florida and the U.S. have become more cautious about paying for college. A vast majority in the survey still consider higher ed a good investment, but that does not mean attending at any cost. For example, MIT estimates total costs for its upcoming academic year at $70,240, while state schools in Florida come in at less than $20,000. In 2017, 69 percent of students applying to college rejected the offier if scholarships didn't make the school cheap enough. In 2008, just 38 percent of students used such rigor. Parents are also more discriminating, with 49 percent saying “no” to colleges after perusing financial aid offers. In 2008, only 30 percent did so. [Source: US News & World Report]

UCF officials give pay raises to scholarship fund

Raises for UCF President Dale Whittaker and his VPs will go toward scholarships for first-year students: Whittaker says: "For every dollar directed, the State of Florida matches it with an additional $2. With this combined contribution, we will raise more than $1 million in new scholarships for our students over the next five years." [Source: UCF Today]

Second Florida university cuts ties with Confucius Institute

Another Florida school is cutting ties with a language and culture institute that's supported by the Chinese government but criticized by some U.S. lawmakers and security officials. In a statement Tuesday, the University of North Florida said it would close its Confucius Institute in early 2019. [Source: AP]

Can a billionaire’s private school become a model for public education in Florida?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene is an unconventional Democrat running an unconventional campaign for Florida governor. So, naturally, his ideas on how to change Florida's vast public education bureaucracy stem from an unconventional place. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

University of Miami posts highest gender pay gap for head coaches in state

Men’s head coach salaries at University of Miami outpace women’s team coaches by more than 550 percent, according to a Watchdog.org analysis of recent U.S. Department of Education data. Male head coaches at the university earn an average of $1.57 million, while female head coaches’ annual pay averages $239,705. [Source: Florida Watchdog]

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