UF, FSU approve 1.7 percent tuition hike over Rick Scott's objection
The University of Florida and Florida State University boards voted today to accept a 1.7 percent tuition increase tied to inflation, worth $1.4 million and $1.3 million respectively.
That puts them at odds with Gov. Rick Scott, who has pressured university presidents and trustees to reject the tuition increase.
“No one likes to raise tuition, but I think the essence for us as a governing board is to make sure we use these dollars wisely, make sure that we deliver value,” said FSU trustee Ed Burr.
Scott wants universities to reject the 1.7 percent increase or offset it by reducing last year's tuition increases approved by the Board of Governors by a similar amount. So far, universities have been reluctant to side with him. Most say they can't reject the tuition increase because it's required by state law, and they don't want to offset it elsewhere because they have plans for the money.
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