Sticker shock at local Florida colleges

MANATEE — Sticker shock may afflict students registering for college this year since the Florida Legislature okayed tuition increases last spring for state universities and colleges.

“If it is going up, it will be affecting me,” said Steven Soares, 27, of Sarasota, who is taking an anthropology course at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee campus during the fall semester.

James Hartman, 19, and Alan Brandes, 19, both students at USF’s Tampa campus, were concerned about tuition increases because they had heard that their Bright Futures scholarships, which pay tuition and fees for academically high achievers, are diminishing.

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