House budget calls for 8& tuition hike, despite Gov. Scott's opposition

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Students attending one of Florida’s 11 state universities will collectively spend at least $54 million in additional tuition under a House plan unveiled Wednesday that calls for boosting tuition by at least 8 percent statewide, reports the News Service of Florida. The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rolled out its $69.2 billion spending plan that would allow university officials to tack on an additional 7 percent in differential tuition. State college students would pay an additional $73 million under the 8 percent tuition hike. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott said he opposes any increase in student tuition.

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