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  •  UCF weighing in here... (none)
    I've seen my tuition go from $80 up to just over $100/cr.hr. I know, I know, why am I complaining about "only" $100/hr? Because the damn tuition has gone up $20 damn dollars per hour.

    Luckily, I'm transferring out of here when I can. Hopefully I'll be at USF or U Nebraska at Omaha -- I've got family up there in Omaha, and my Mother and Stepfather are planning on moving up there, but they haven't zeroed in on a house yet, so for all I know, they might find something in Omaha as likely as they would in Council Bluffs or over at Carter Lake (Both in Iowa, but if you fart, Nebraskans smell it.) and if they're in Iowa, no in-state tuition at UNO for me (and out-of-state is around $300/hr.) and off to USF I go.

    So, here I sit, 3.5 years in and a hair under $18k in debt, all saddled up at the engineering mecca that is UCF (we have three damned engineering buildings. Humanities, Arta, Language? Yeah, they're all crammed over in two buildings in the back-ass end of campus.) with a dream to be a journalist.

    (I came here thinking Engineering would be a little less....how shall I put it... straitlaced?)

    •  3.5 years in... (none)
      Can you get full transfer credit for the 3.5 years?  A lot of schools only take 2 years of transfer credit, so even a cheaper tuition could end up costing more in the long run...
      Just a thought....
    •  Are you on schedule to graduate, meaning (none)
      you have less than three semesters left?  I would stay where you are.  $100/credit hour is a bargain in terms of tuition.  I just looked at UNO, essentially a commuter school and not even the highest regarded school located in Omaha (though it has improved), and their in-state tuition is $137/cr. hr.
      •  On schedule? Ha. No. (none)
        UCF stands for U Can't Finish. (Unless you're planning on being an engineer or computer scientist.) Why take basketweaving I, II, and III, waste, well, if they're 3 hours a piece, that's about $900 right there, and where am I now? Shit, I can weave a hell of a basket, but can I graduate now? Of course not. I have 80 hours under my belt now. The vast majority of that is transferable to USF, at the very least. There's a 1-hr engineering class that isn't, there's a "life skills" class that probably isn't. But I have my GEP (General Education Program.... everything short of major-specific classes) finished. I just can't get classes I need because they don't offer enough sections. They're full before my online registration opens. UCF is an Engineering university. UCF is a Computer Science university. They offer more sections of "Intro to C Programming," a required course for many majors, than they do of "Creative Writing," one of two required courses for virtually every 3000 and 4000-level course in the school of English. I've gone as far as I can go with this university. I came here expecting to be a Computer Engineer. I've changed my major too many times, but I had the foresight to keep from getting too deep into any major, and instead finishing the required 60-hour GEP so I would have the ability to throw myself into a major without all the elective overhead.

        Additionally, USF has a stronger English program, or at least it isn't pushed to the back of the bus. USF has cheaper tuition, and I will be able to gain more in terms of grants there (if I have a $1000 grant, that's $1000 I don't have to borrow) if I do transfer. If my other grants ($600 each) aren't changed, and since they're state and federal grants, UCF only matches my Pell award, there's nothing on either university site, nor is there anything on the Florida DoE or Federal Finaid pages about loss of grants in transfer. I have well above the required 2.0 GPA USF is looking for, I am in good academic standing here at UCF, Everything is in line for me to transfer for the Summer semester.

        Concisely: If I transfer to USF, I recieve enough financial aid in grants alone to cover my tuition, plus a couple hundred left over.

        UNO is an option primarily due to the change of pace it would bring. If my family decided to live in Omaha, it's a stone's throw from any of the areas they plan on moving to in Omaha.

        Sure, if I had confidence that I could get all the classes I needed, every time, there would be no reason to transfer. But after having two separate advisors tell me that I'm going to have trouble getting the classes I need (Profs won't give overrides because if they did, us students wouldn't go to the administration and tell them what's up) I've decided it's best for me to find a university that will actually offer enough space in the classes I need on a consistent basis.

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