Senate panel advances tuition hike
With no questions or debate, the Senate Policy and Steering Committee on Ways and Means passed SB 762, which allows all 11 state universities to add a tuition differential and raise tuition up to 15 percent starting next year.
The bill gives all state universities the authority to charge a tuition differential, subject to approval by the Board of Governors. Previously, UF, FSU, USF, UCF and FIU had such ability. Seventy percent of the revenue would be put to education costs, while the other 30 percent would be devoted to need-based aid.
Three Republicans joined two Democrats in voting against the measure: Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, Stephen Wise, R-Jacksonville, and Don Gaetz, R-Niceville.
Fasano said he voted against the tuition differential idea when it first came up and wanted to be consistent. Wise said he never like the idea of dividing up the tuition variables.
The tuition differential is not covered by Bright Futures scholarships or any prepaid contracts sold after July 1, 2007.