College students in Florida could pay a new "green" fee that
would help pay for solar energy and other types of renewable
The Senate Higher Education Committee on Wednesday approved a
bill that allows the state's 11 public universities to charge the
fee if students approve it in a referendum. The fee could be up to
$5 per credit hour or $150 a year for a full-time student. The
money would be used to reduce the greenhouse gases or energy needs of university campuses.
University of Central Florida Student Body Vice President
Brandon Delanois said the fee would allow students to show their
support for renewable energy. But some senators said they're
concerned about imposing a fee at the same time the state may
approve 15 percent tuition hikes.