University Tuition Showdown


1995 was the last time college students didn't see their tuition go up from one year to the next. Tuition then was 1,700 dollars a year.

"As I came into the office, I've been opposed to tuition increases," said Governor Rick Scott.

Governor Rick Scott is on a mission to keep universities from hiking tuition. He vetoed a three percent hike that would have added about a hundred bucks a year.

"Our universities have raised tuition fees 125% in the last ten years," said Scott.

This week, he met with four university presidents, trying to block a state law that requires tuition to go up as much as inflation. FSU’s Eric Barron was one of the four.

"I told him that our legal counsel as for other universities said this is automatic," said Barron.

This fall's automatic increase is one point seven percent. Scott says if the law requires the hike, something else should be lowered.

"I'm very concerned about the cost of tuition," said Scott.

University Trustees have the final decision. At FSU, Faculty Senate President Gary Tyson, says the school needs the resources.

"Right now I'm leaning towards going with the current budget which includes the cost of living increase on it. I've looked at the rest of the budget and we're spending our money well," said Tyson.

If that 1995 tuition had only increased by the rate of inflation, students this past year would have paid just 2,600 dollars, instead of the 6,000 they pay.

Trustees at FSU will vote on the increase Friday afternoon.

In addition trying to lower the cost of college, Scott also sees political opportunity. His let’s Get to Work campaign committee sent an email this week, asking supporters who agree with his tuition stance to send ten dollars.


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