University of West Florida Tuition

The University of West Florida is dangling some bait to try to get more people from Alabama to enroll at the Pensacola campus.

The university is offering drastically reduced tuition to people from throughout Alabama. It now offers the lower tuition only to the southernmost 26 counties neighboring Alabama.

That has caught the attention of Representative Joe Pickens because Florida taxpayers will make up the cost differential.

Pickens is the chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee. As the Palatka, Florida, Republican put it: “My first reaction is that probably is something the Legislature will be very interested in.''

The reduced tuition is about 75 percent less than the amount normally paid by out-of-state students and only slightly higher than in-state tuition.