Legislative leaders want to lower cap on tuition hikes; Gov. Rick Scott outlines higher ed budget
House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz have proposed limits on future tuition increases, saying the change is needed to reduce the burden on the state's prepaid tuition program.
They would accomplish this by capping the tuition differential that state universities are allowed to request from the Florida Board of Governors. Under current law, the universities can requested additional tuition increases beyond whatever is approved by the Legislature as long as the total net increase does not exceed 15 percent.
During the economic downturn, many universities requested and were approved for tuition differential up to the 15-percent cap.
With Gov. Rick Scott's opposition to tuition increases well known, that has become less of an issue in recent years. Last year, tuition was held flat and no universities asked for any differential. A few also went so far as to reject a 1.7 percent tuition increase tied to inflation per state law, but most did not.
This morning, Scott also outlined his higher education budget proposal for 2014-2015. It reflect far less money than what the Board of Governors requested, and state universities are likely to continue lobbying the Legislature for more money.