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Tuition hike at Florida universities still possible

9:56 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students thought they were in the clear when Governor Rick Scott vetoed a 3 percent tuition increase for state universities, but there's a legislative loophole that could keep tuition bills on the rise.

Meanwhile, Jessica Manning is trying to clear her head.

"It allows me to think, it's my thinking time when I play pool," she said.

She's been spending a lot of time at the pool table thinking about how she would pay for a proposed 3 percent tuition hike at state universities in Florida.  

As a sophomore at UNF, she says she was ecstatic when Governor Scott vetoed the proposal.

"Yes, yes, I was hoping he would," she said.

But by law, she's not in the clear.

A provision in the state legislature allows tuition to go up 1.7 percent automatically with inflation, so she could be looking at a bigger bill.

"Right now, I'm pretty much on grants and loans, so if tuition goes up, I'm going to have to work even harder to pay for my education," she said.

The increase isn't huge.

If it's enforced, it would average out to about $100 dollars a year for students at UNF.

But for Jessica, that's money she can't afford to sink.

"I have a hard enough time paying for tuition now. Now it's going to be even harder," she said.

It's unclear whether the legislature will enact this tuition increase.

The Board of Governors for State Universities said it will be a confusing issue because the Governor vetoed the initial increase.

They'll discuss the possible increase Thursday.

First Coast News

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