College Tuition: Governor Rick Scott urges 12 Florida public universities to keep tuition rates flat
University boards have the power to raise tuition
3:30 PM, May 24, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is strongly warning universities that he will fight against any tuition hikes this year.
Scott made the warning in a letter sent out Friday to the heads of the boards that oversee the state's 12 public universities. He urged university boards to join him in a "worthy battle" to keep tuition rates flat.
The letter could be a prelude to a legal challenge. The governor on Monday vetoed a three percent hike included in this year's budget.
But tuition could still go up. University boards have the power to raise tuition.
A separate law states tuition goes up automatically by the rate of inflation i
f there is no increase in the budget. That law, however, is silent on what happens if the governor vetoes the hike.