Public colleges and universities around Florida may soon see tuition hikes.
The Florida House says they are seeking a six percent increase in tuition. Meanwhile, schools are seeking an additional $118 million dollars.
If the legislature gives the schools money, they promise not to increase tuition for a year. But they may not have a choice. Florida House Speaker, Will Weatherford, says the state government does not have the funds to approve the full amount seeked by public colleges.
Governor Rick Scott has long been opposed to any tuition hikes and calls them “a tax on families.”
This marks the second time this session that the House has openly opposed the Governor. The first was over the Medicaid Expansion. Scott had changed his stance on accepting money to expand the entitlement in February, but could not get enough House members on board.
At this time the Senate is not recommending any tuition hikes. We should find out more details about each chamber’s budget recommendations in the next few weeks.