Board and Governor Aim to Keep Tuition Low

The UF Baughman Center

SARASOTA, FL:  The Florida Board of Governors, meeting at New College of Florida on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, discussed tying $118 million in new state funding (which equals the amount generated from a system-wide 15% increase in tuition) to performance measures such as graduation and retention rates, according to The Gainesville Sun.  The Governor would like to tie tuition increases to graduate placement and earnings, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press also reported that a Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform has proposed allowing universities to charge different tuition according to the degree.  While many universities charge higher tuition for in-demand degrees, the panel has suggested that tuition for in-demand degrees should be kept low until the economy improves in order to encourage enrollment in programs that leads to high-wage jobs.