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Facing major cuts, Board of Governors ready to hike tuition



Gov. Charlie Crist vetoed it, and the Legislature insists only they can set college tuition. Nonetheless, the board that oversees Florida's public universities appears ready to raise spring-semester tuition rates for in-state undergraduates.

At its meeting in Tallahassee next week, while the Senate higher ed committee meets to discuss looming budget cuts, the Board of Governors will vote to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent

The Board agreed at an earlier meeting to raise it, in spite of Gov. Crist's veto this summer. But they wanted to hold off on deciding the rate hike until they saw how dramatically  universities' budgets would be cut in the upcoming special session.

But Board of Governors spokesman Bill Edmonds said universities can't wait until the Oct. 3-12 session, originally set for this month, because they're already starting to admit students and need to revise their financial aid packages based on the new tuition rate.

A 5-percent hike would cost the typical full-time student about $55 extra per semester. Meanwhile, the Board of Governors' lawsuit against the Legislature, asking a court to determine tuition-setting authority, drags on.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:05pm]


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