Fla. university leaders want to avoid tuition hike

Florida Education
Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-05 08:06:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State university presidents and student government leaders are offering Florida lawmakers a tuition deal.

They said on Wednesday in Tallahassee that they won't seek tuition increases next year if the Legislature agrees to spend $118 million more in state money on the 12-school State University System.

Gov. Rick Scott praised the proposal. He has stanchly opposed tuition increases but supported a $300 million spending reduction for the universities this year. Scott says he's looking forward to working closely with the presidents and student leaders as he puts together his budget recommendations and other proposals for the 2013 legislative session.

The announcement was part of the kickoff for a student-led campaign focused on uniting in support of more funding for higher education.