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Senate passes bill to give top universities more tuition-setting power

Florida's top research universities are a step closer to getting more flexibility in hiking tuition.

After the House approved a bill last week that would allow universities to raise their tuitions beyond a 15 percent cap, the Senate followed suit today (SB 1752), with three top-ranking senators voting no, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, incoming President Don Gaetz and Andy Gardiner

Under the bill, universities would have to meet 11 of 14 benchmarks before they're able to ask for additional hikes from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system. Only the University of Florida and Florida State University meet those currently. Last week university system Chancellor Frank Brogan voiced support of the proposal. 

It still needs approval from Gov. Rick Scott, who has said he's opposed to tuition hikes.