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Students aren't giving up in fight against tuition hikes



  The student group that's been protesting tuition hikes is now calling for a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott to lobby him to veto a bill that would allow universities to raise tuition above a 15 percent cap. 

The Florida Alliance for Student Action says SB 1752 -- which gives top universities flexibility to ask for unlimited tuition increases from the Florida Board of Governors "will make it increasingly difficult for working and middle class students to be able to afford

"This is especially true when placed in the context of drastic cuts to Bright Futures and the high unemployment rate in Florida," the group wrote in a news release.


So far, only the University of Florida and Florida State University meet benchmarks that would give them that extra freedom. All Florida's 11 universities are now able to raise differential tuition beyond whatever the Legislature approves for base tuition hikes, up to a 15 percent cap. This year lawmakers did not recommend any increases to base tuition, putting it on the universities to decide whether to raise tuition up to that cap.

Scott has still not said whether he'll sign or veto the new tuition hike bill, but he's said repeatedly that he opposes tuition hikes. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:25am]


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