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Does higher ed need this kind of help?



Tuition450_46635c The buzz in higher education, as first reported by the St. Petersburg Times, is Charlie Crist's call to allow all 11 state universities to increase their tuition. Pretty much every Florida paper is weighing in. Even the NY Times has a story.

While many leaders of smaller universities that didn't have such authority praise the idea (Naples Daily News), many students are worried that rising costs might shove them out of the higher ed market (Bradenton Herald). And the Bright Futures scholarship isn't likely to make ends meet, as the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Of course, there's a debate in the halls of the Capitol. Some lawmakers fear the state is headed toward a lottery-styled bait and switch - replace state tax support with increased tuition income (Times). Others argue the change will boost the quality of Florida's university system (PB Post).

Overnight, the Florida Education Association issued a statement agreeing that higher ed needs financial help, "But placing the responsibility for increased funding solely on the backs of students and their parents isn't fair."

Florida's tuition is among the nation's cheapest. The schools do need money to provide a quality education. Can politicians solve this issue? Stay tuned.

(Times photo illustration)


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:05am]


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