ORLANDO -- The Board of Governors approved requests from Florida's 11 state universities for an additional 7 percent tuition increase for the coming academic year.
The Friday action by board's Budget and Finance Committee brings the total increase for the next academic year to 15 percent, the maximum allowed under state law. The legislature has already approved an 8 percent tuition increase.
The legislature determines base tuition rates and state universities can request additional tuition fees, which are approved by the Board of Governors, the constitutional body that oversees Florida's state universities.
Residential tuition at Florida's state universities averaged $4,382 for the 2009-2010 academic year, compared to the national average of $7,020.