Who Controls Tuition in Florida?

There’s a 15% annual cap on tuition hikes.

For three of the past four years, state lawmakers have raised tuition an average of seven percent then the University Systems Board of Governors has responded by raising it to the full 15 percent.

Former Florida Governor Bob Graham says that’s now how it’s supposed to work. Graham is suing the legislature.

His Attorney Robert Gibson argued before the Florida Supreme Court today that the legislature has no authority to raise tuition. “Those state which have had constitutional government for 150 years, they set tuition. There is no case in the country to the contrary.”

A 2002 constitutional amendment championed by Graham created the University System’s Board of Governors.


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