Governor Scott Applauds Higher Education Leaders’ Commitment to Hold the Line on Tuition

Governor Rick Scott released the following statement today, applauding university leaders’ commitment to holding the line on tuition and making college more affordable for Florida families:

“We know Florida families want the best value possible from our higher education system, which means we have to make advanced degrees more affordable and more connected to students’ ability to get a great job when they graduate. We are pleased to share this important goal with many of Florida’s finest higher education leaders who are committed to holding the line on tuition. We look forward to working closely with them as we put together a proposed budget and other policies for the upcoming legislative session.”

Several university presidents and student leaders convened at the Capitol this morning. Below are highlights from their remarks on the importance of holding the line on tuition and making higher education more affordable:

President Eric Barron (Florida State University): “None of us want to increase tuition. I don’t know of anybody in this room that wants us to increase tuition.”

President Judy Bense (University of West Florida): “All of us want to keep higher education affordable and accessible to Florida’s students and their families.”

President Bernie Machen (University of Florida): “We also want to emphasize that we very much support the focus on increasing STEM graduates in either undergraduate or graduate programs in our state.”

Cortez Whatley (Student Body President of the University of Central Florida): “For the sake of Florida’s students, businesses and the communities that we live in, we need to keep a college education affordable and accessible to all.”


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