Statewide vote on possible tuition hike at FAU expected today

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A statewide vote is expected today that could determine how much you're shelling out for your son or daughter's college education.

Leaders within the state's university system could approve tuition hikes of up to 15 percent.

If approved, students at Florida Atlantic University would pay about $20 more per credit hour, or about $600 more per year.

The only two schools not asking for the full 15 percent hike are the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.

Schools across the country claim major budget cuts have prompted the requests for higher tuition.

Gov. Rick Scott said this week he hopes the board denies the hikes and keeps affordability in mind.

FAU leaders say without the full 15 percent hike, 500 courses could be in jeopardy, as well as 75 faculty and advisor positions.

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