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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Tuition is going up again at Florida's universities.

The Florida Board of Governors has approved tuition hikes for 11 state universities.

The decision includes an 11 percent increase at the University of South Florida and 13 percent for Florida State and the University of North Florida. Four universities get the maximum 15 percent tuition hike allowed by state law.

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FSU Junior Chad Hird is not happy to see another tuition hike. He says it's typical for many students to rack up more than $20,000 in debt because of all the rising costs.

"I have to take out more loans and get myself more into debt just to go to school and sometimes I can't even get loans, so it's going to prevent some people from even going to school and furthering their education to get a job."

But FSU Junior Samira de Nijs still feels good about the cost of her education.

"Florida State is still one of the cheapest schools to go to generally speaking. For what you pay, you get a lot more out of this school than most other ones, and it's still cheap despite the tuition increases."

Members of the Board of Governors were torn over the issue. Some argued now was not the time to raise tuition after three years of 15 percent increases. Others said the money was needed to offset less state funding for universities.

Universities are allowed to appeal the board's decision if they want a bigger increase. They have until next week to make that decision.

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