Fla. Lawmakers Approve 5% Tuition Hike for Colleges

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida lawmakers are signing off on a plan to raise college tuition.

House and Senate budget negotiators on Wednesday have agreed to raise tuition by 5 percent for students who attend one of Florida's 28 state colleges.

Legislators would not order a tuition hike for the state's 11 universities.

But the budget anticipates the Board of Governors will approve increases of 15 percent for all or most universities. That's the maximum the board can approve on its own.

Gov. Rick Scott says he is opposed to tuition hikes and he did not recommend any this year.

The Republican-controlled Legislature is also considering a separate bill that would allow the state's two major research universities - University of Florida and Florida State University -- to have wide power to set tuition.

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