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Tuition Wars

September 27th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

College students and their parents can expect to pay higher tuition come January…Or not. There is a battle on between the legislature and the board that governs the university system over who has the authority to raise tuition, and as Mike Vasilinda tells us students could get caught in a double whammy.

Hear it Here: Tuition Wars

College students can expect to pay 55 dollars more per semester starting in January. Javier Ortega of Cape Coral says thats not so bad. “Its only 55 dollars. It were 200 that would be way too much!

While not set in stone, the state legislature is moving to re-pass a 5 percent tuition hike, to offset budget cuts. The governor vetoed a 5% hike in the spring, but State Senator Evelyn Lynn is hoping hell let this one become law. “And I hope hell be realistic in recognizing the needs. If were going to have high quality education, weve got to begin to fund it.
Heres where it gets complicated. After a voice vote, the University Board of Governors also passed a 5 percent tuition hike. Whats unclear is whether the Board, which was created in 2002 has the authority to raise tuitionthats being fought over in court.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen says the increase shouldnt be too painful.

The spring tuition we will get is about two and a half million dollars. The cut I am making in my budget is 34 million dollars. says Machen.

The story gets even more complicated….because if the Board of Governors sets tuition, the increase likely wont be covered by Bright Futures….but if the legislatures hike sticks….it will be.

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