Panel to Consider Raising Florida Tuition Rates

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Higher tuition and different rates depending on a student’s year in school or academic field are among draft proposals being
considered by Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education task force.

The task force will hold a webinar Friday to discuss these and other suggestions before finalizing its recommendations.

The proposals include scrapping an existing 15 percent annual cap on tuition increases and giving individual schools more flexibility to set their own rates as long as they are in line with each school’s mission and guidelines set by the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System.

Another idea is to allow universities to set differential tuition such as higher rates for degree programs that are more costly or more likely to result in higher paying jobs.