It's reasonable to keep raising historically low tuition at Florida universities until it hits the national average. Yet it's unfair to again embrace tuition increases of up to 15 percent while again cutting state funding for universities, which is also below average. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are demanding more of college students and their families than they are willing to invest in higher education. The politicians and business lobbies talk big about how Florida's future is tied to creating a first-rate university system. Just don't ask them to find the money to pay for one.
Note: In the last five years, tuition and fees at Florida universities have risen 47 percent ($3,350 in 2006-07; $4,936 in 2010-11). General revenue spending per student has declined by 22 percent ($9,246 in 2006-07; $7,229 in 2010-11). The Legislature is prepared to allow a 15 percent increase in tuition in 2011-12 and cut state spending on higher education by up to 7.5 percent.
Sources: Board of Governors, state budget documents
State spending plummets …
… while tuition soars