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Scott makes final pitch for holding the line on tuition

by John Kennedy | June 20th, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott has sent the State University System Board of Governors a stern message as they near Thursday’s end of a three-day budget and planning session: Hold the line on tuition.

Scott, who is still in France on a trade mission, sent an open letter to the 17-member board meeting at the University of South Florida. In it, he echoes his pitch for them to reject any proposals for tuition or fee hikes from Florida’s 12 public universities.

Although no formal tuition boost is on the table, schools are positioned by state law to pass an automatic, 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase onto students. Scott wants universities to offset this boost by reducing current the current tuition rate or other fees — something a handful of schools earlier pledged.

“While I am incredibly appreciative of the progress we have made, it is equally important that we remain vigilant on increases in fees paid by our students and their families,” Scott wrote.  “Their ability to get an education and a great job is our most important charge.  I would ask that you consider those students and families first as you prepare to vote on the university fee increase proposals.”

Since January, a majority of the panel has been comprised of Scott appointees. The full board is scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon.

 

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4 Responses to “Scott makes final pitch for holding the line on tuition”

  1. David Says:

    If Scott and the legislature hadn’t slashed funding for universities, then tuition increases would probably not be necessary. A few years ago, the state was funding around 50% of the cost of classes; now it’s down to about 22%. Who else is going to pick up the costs other than students?

  2. Downtown Danny Says:

    WHAT A PUNK RICK SCOTT IS!!!!

    He steals $1 Billion from Citizens Reserve Fund in coherts with his insurance pals who started companies AFTER Scott got elected while sending out Inspectors to RAISE OUR RATES BY $180 MILLION – and now we should care that he ALLEGEDLY cares about tuition?

    RICK SCOTT IS THE BIGGEST THIEF IN FLORIDA HISTORY!

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