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Universities want $118 million, promise no tuition hikes

FSU President Eric Barron speaks at a Capitol news conference Wednesday, with university presidents promising not to seek a tuition increase next year if the Legislature puts up $118 million for them. Photo by Bill Cotterell.

State university presidents promised Wednesday not to raise tuition next year if state lawmakers put up $118 million in new revenue -- the equivalent of a 15 percent tuition increase -- in the legislative session that starts March 5.

Gov. Rick Scott, who has made a big priority of keeping costs down, applauded the proposition. The governor, who will propose a state budget to the Legislature next month, said the proposal put forth by the university presidents and endorsed by student-government leaders would allow universities to maintain education quality, while not increasing college costs for working families.

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