Raising Tuition Won’t Make Up for Budget Cuts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The chancellor of Florida’s State University System says the dramatic cuts in state support far exceeds what the schools are able to make up financially, even if they raise tuition by the maximum 15 percent allowed by law.

Chancellor Frank Brogan said Monday the state’s public universities would raise roughly $100 million if all boosted their tuition by the 15 percent maximum. Lawmakers have slashed spending for higher education by roughly $300 million in recent years.

Brogan told a newly created task force on higher education that Florida’s existing 11 public universities are growing at a rate of 2 percent to 3 percent annually.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed the task force last month to examine what changes might make Florida’s higher education system more efficient, transparent and accountable.