Compassion: Scott Urges Universities not to Hike Tuition
Even as the University of Central Florida is proposing a 15 percent tuition increase, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday reiterated his stance against such hikes.
Scott called on universities to do more to prepare the workforce, but to do it with less.
“They have got to do the exact same thing … Florida households have had to do,” Scott said Friday morning on 97.3 The Sky radio in Gainesville.
“We cannot continue to raise tuition constantly on the backs of our families,” Scott continued. “They cannot afford it…. I’m against raising tuition.”
The University of Florida Board of Trustees on Friday moved to request an increase in tuition of 9 percent after President Bernie Machen and some trustees expressed some concern about the rising cost of a college education in the state. A committee had earlier suggested the university might seek a higher increase. The proposed 9 percent increase would still need Board of Governors approval.
Last month, the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees approved a 15 percent increase in tuition for the 2012 fall semester. The proposed increase is awaiting approval by the UCF Board of Governors.