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UNF urges lawmakers to "Aim Higher" in Tallahassee

7:39 AM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After tuition increases for five years in a row, Florida college students are taking a message of no more to the state capitol.

Some UNF students will be in Tallahassee on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to put more money into higher education and stop tuition increases.

By law, tuition can increase by 15% and for the past five years it has gone up each year.  For students that struggle to pay their bills and tuition, a raise in cost could mean cutting back on classes or worse, having to drop out all together.

Last month the students at UNF held a rally on campus and got thousands of postcards signed to try and send a message to lawmakers to invest more in education instead of raising costs for students.

Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget seems to fall in line with the plea from students. It proposes no tuition increases for state colleges or universities. Instead, Florida's public universities would see their budget increase by $390 million.

This year they took a cut of $300 million dollars.

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