Published: Dec 10, 2010 9:29 PM EST
Updated: Dec 10, 2010 6:29 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - The University of Florida took steps Friday to change the way students pay for their education.

UF is moving to block tuition, charging students by the semester instead of the credit hour.  It is believed it will provide an incentive for students to graduate sooner, and for the first time public universities statewide have the option to adopt the system.

12 hours is the minimum number of credits needed to be a fulltime student.  The recommended class load is 15.

But with four year graduation rates falling, the Florida University System’s Board of Governors is allowing the state’s 11 public schools to up the anti.  Block tuition would require every full time student to pay for 15 hours.

The plan would actually save student Kay Brinkworth money.  Kay is a senior.  She has taken 15 hours or more most of her semesters at school.   Brinkworth says,  “It would safe a lot of money, especially if you are paying out of pocket.”

So far, the University of Florida is the only state school moving toward block tuition. UF trustees gave the plan approval Friday, but postponed the start date until 2012.