$9,300 is quite a lot less than the $13,365 that you have listed for Florida.
Not sure what the deal is. Maybe slashed budgets? I know Florida State's CW program has had to make some fairly drastic cutbacks.
Hi chapelhell--2009 Florida graduate here.
What happened was, in the transition to a three-year program, Florida went from guaranteeing summer funding for MFAs (so that they could finish up 48 credit hours in two years), to no longer guaranteeing it. A good number of MFAs did end up getting summer teaching appointments, late in the spring, but some did not. Keep in mind that two students per year get an alumni fellowship that guarantees summer paychecks without teaching.
That being said, the funding here overall is now much better than it was during my two years in the program. The back-handed tuition you refer to (which are evil and icky, I think) used to total something around, IIRC, $3000 in two years as we only had 36 out of 48 credit hours covered, and many students were forced to take out loans because of this. I was just talking to some new students and the fees now are, in total, only a couple hundred dollars--apologies that I don't know the exact amount.
Something else that might be relevant to those looking at Florida's financial package: in your second and third year, you're given a 2:1 or 1:2 load, but the paychecks are not prorated, so students need to budget for that. I was able to (easily) get additional teaching through the University Writing Program teaching comp, which brought my teaching load up to 2:2 during my thesis year, but again, this isn't guaranteed, and you have to ask for it.
State budget cuts have really only affected MFAs so far in that we were told not to copy our syllabi on English department computers.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions regarding UF. I'd be happy to help.