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Uh, Senators? You Know We Already Get In-State Tuition At Miami’s FIU, Right?

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee got a big surprise this week. Turns out, in-state university tuition rates are already available for some undocumented immigrants. That’s the case at Florida International University. It may have strengthened the hands of opponents of an in-state tuition bill, but not enough to defeat it. Rick Stone from member station [...]

Conversation About The Cost Of College Starts In Florida

NPR has started a series of conversations about paying for the rising cost of college. For their first interview, NPR spoke with David Sherker, a student at Coral Reef High School in Miami, and his family. President Barack Obama recently spoke at the school to encourage students to apply for federal financial aid and prod [...]

Gov. Scott Supports In-State Tuition For Undocumented Immigrants

Gov. Rick Scott said he will support a Senate bill granting in-state tuition to some undocumented immigrants because the bill also would prevent universities from raising tuition above what lawmakers approve, according to the Associated Press. Lawmakers have considered in-state tuition the past several years, but the bill has never made it through both the [...]

Explaining The Florida Tuition Law Gov. Rick Scott Wants To Repeal

Both the House and Senate have set aside less for education in their budgets than Gov. Rick Scott. Rep. Erik Fresen says the House budget will include a teacher raise, but would not say how much teachers would get.

Gov. Rick Scott is asking lawmakers to eliminate the state’s tuition differential law, which allows universities to request as much as a 15 percent tuition increase each year. Scott has fought higher education tuition hikes since he took office in 2011. “We are changing how we fund higher education,” Scott said, according to the prepared [...]

Three Questions For Florida Senate President Don Gaetz

Senate President Don Gaetz doesn't want in-state tuition for undocumented residents. He does like the idea of university performance funding.

Florida’s move toward Common Core standards in schools is sure to be discussed during the upcoming legislative session. Lawmakers will also consider allowing undocumented college students to pay cheaper, in-state tuition. Plus, state universities that improve their graduation rates may be able to boost their funding. Senate President Don Gaetz sat down with StateImpact Florida [...]

A Q & A With Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich.

Nan Rich is a former state Senator who was the first Democrat to announce she’s challenging Gov. Rick Scott in 2014. Rich stopped by the WUSF studios Wednesday for a Florida Matters interview with Carson Cooper. Here’s what she said about education. You can hear the full interview Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on WUSF. Q: [...]

Governor Scott Explains Education Budget Vetoes

Gov. Rick Scott spoke to reporters this afternoon about his decision to cut $368 million out of the $74.5 billion budget sent to him by the Florida Legislature. One of the items he cut would have boosted tuition at state colleges and universities by 3 percent. “In my case and my wife’s case, we didn’t [...]

Governor Vetoes University Tuition Increase

Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2013-14 state budget into law today. He also sent a letter to Secretary of State Ken Detzner explaining his decision to veto a tuition hike. “We are also holding the line on tuition by vetoing the Legislature’s recommended 3 percent tuition increase on our college and university students,” the governor [...]

Bright Futures Scholarships May Soon Require Less Paperwork

With no discussion or fanfare, the Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would remove a small piece of red tape for students who want to receive Bright Futures scholarships. Under the bill, SB 680, students would not be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA requirement went [...]

Session 2013 Town Hall: College Affordability And In-State Tuition

Education took up a big chunk of the Fort Lauderdale town hall Monday hosted by WLRN and The Miami Herald. Topics ranged from college affordability to K-12 funding to teacher raises. Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas ran through some ideas lawmakers are considering. “Gov. Scott has proposed an initiative that would give [...]

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