Students Protest Tuition Hikes at Florida Universities

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

College tuition at Florida’s universities has gone up every year since the mid-90s. And it's expected to increase 15 percent a year for the next ten years.

Students across the state are protesting against the higher cost. Student protests are planned at seven state universities this week. Most of the events are scheduled Thursday but Monday, University of South Florida students gathered at the campus entrance in protest.

"The surprising thing to me is when everybody else is cutting back, there's no cutting back in what they're changing, they keep going up," said Financial Planner, Bobby Roberts.

According to the College Board, Florida is ranked the fourth cheapest state for college tuition. Officials say that's the reason for increasing the costs.

"Because some place else is more expensive, I think is a very lousy excuse because I don't care what we have here in Florida. We can go somewhere else, where it's going to cost more; does that mean you need to charge more? No," said Roberts.

But students and parents say those increases are coming at a time when their financial aids, like the bright futures scholarship program, are being cut.

Chris Hudson has three sons- a 9 and 15 year old and a freshman in college.

"I just talked to him. He said just for one year at Florida State University in Tallahassee, that includes book, tuition, room and board was $17,700 dollars," said Hudson.

Hudson says his sons help pay for their education.

"What we have done to make sure our kids appreciate the education that they're getting and I find their contributing a little bit towards their education, it will mean a little bit more them," said Hudson.

That's a concept many other families may have to adopt, if tuition costs continue to rise.


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