After approving a $300 million cut to Florida‘s public universities in earlier April, thus cutting public higher education state funding for the fifth year in a row, Governor Rick Scott vetoed legislation late last week that would allow the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise tuition.
Despite an annual limit cap of 15 percent, tuition in Florida’s public univerisites increased 60 percent during academic years 2009 to 2012. The bill Scott vetoed Friday would have removed the preexisting limit on tuition hikes, allowing both the University of Florida and Florida State University to raise costs at a higher rate.
While moving forward on budget cuts to the state’s universities, Scott has insisted he “does not believe in tuition hikes.”
“It is also clear how difficult it is for our students, and in many cases, their families, to afford the costs of higher education,” Scott said in a statement accompanying his veto Friday. “I have strong concerns for the debt burden on our students and the number of graduates struggling to find jobs within their fields of study.”
Each public institution’s board of trustees decides how much to increase tuition each year, with the state’s Board of Governors having the final say. Florida’s universities lobbied to remove that 15 percent cap. Upon Scott’s veto, representatives for UF and FSU said they were “saddened.”
Florida is not alone in limiting how state universities may increase tuition while cutting funding at the same time.
Some states limit tuition increases to inflation, while others set a capped rate that public universities must abide by.
See five other examples of states trying to limit tuition increases:
- Rick Scott to decide whether to keep tuition pledge (clickorlando.com)
- Bill to increase tuition at UF, FSU vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott (miamiherald.com)
- Scott vetoes university tuition bill (myfoxorlando.com)
- Scott Vetoes Florida University Tuition Bill (tampa.cbslocal.com)
- Scott vetoes Florida university tuition bill (clickorlando.com)
- Scott vetoes bill to let UF and FSU raise tuition rates (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- Scott vetoes tuition ‘preeminence’ bill (tampabay.com)
- Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill To Hike College Tuition (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Scott to sign or veto bill allowing FSU, UF to raise tuition (tbo.com)