Scott makes final pitch for holding the line on tuitionby 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.