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With universities embracing small tuition increase, Scott focuses on fees

Gov. Rick Scott did some intense campaigning, but only two state universities -- Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic University -- have agreed to forgo the 1.7 percent tuition increase required by state law. Now the governor is tweaking his message, asking the state Board of Governors to think long and hard about the modest fee increases that universities have proposed. 

Here is more from Thursday's paper:

Despite Gov. Rick Scott's pleas, tuition is going up slightly at all but two of Florida's universities.

So Scott is returning to the board that oversees state universities with a new request: Be tough on fee increases.

Scott on Wednesday asked the Florida Board of Governors to carefully consider fee hikes for students next year. The board will decide what to do Thursday as it wraps up three days of meetings at the University of South Florida.

In a letter, Scott stopped just short of asking board members to reject increased fees, saying Floridians need to be able to afford a degree in order to get a good job.

"I would ask that you consider those students and families first as you prepare to vote on the university fee increase proposals tomorrow," Scott wrote.

Ten of 11 universities are considering raising fees, most by around $50 to $100 a year for an in-state student. (The University of Florida is holding fees flat and the state's 12th school, Florida Polytechnic, does not yet have students.)

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