Fla. Task Force: Charge Lower Tuition In High-Demand Degree Fields

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

State university students seeking degrees that are highly sought by employers would get a break on tuition, but others might pay higher rates under recommendations approved Tuesday by the governor’s higher education task force.

The seven-member group unanimously approved a slate of recommendations scheduled to be delivered by Nov. 15 to Gov. Rick Scott. Several proposals would move the state away from charging similar undergraduate tuition rates for all universities and programs.

Before creating the task force, Scott vetoed a bill that would have let the University of Florida and other pre-eminent universities seek tuition increases greater than 15 percent. The task force revived a similar plan, but members said higher tuition wouldn’t be the first option.

“The task force is not recommending that tuition go up … The task force is recommending that the universities be funded at a level necessary to succeed,” said University of North Florida President John Delaney, a task force member.

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