UF Tuition: "The Bigger Prize"
It's a case of "one way or another" for the university of florida when it comes to bringing in more money.
On Thursday, UF leaders gave up trying to get approval for one fee but they are still hoping for a much bigger prize.
Robbey Hayes say UF administrators need to get with the program.
"They want to make up for this budget shortfall, and put it on the backs of the students, how could you possibly say that they're united with students" he said.
Hayes is a junior at UF, and though he's glad the university won't charge under-grads another fee, he says the pink elephant is still in the room.
"Students are just fed up with having to pay more tuition," he said.
He's talking about Senate Bill 1752, that's awaiting Governor Scott's signature.
The bill will allow UF to increase tuition beyond the current 15 percent annual limit.
UF Spokesperson Steve Orlando says state funding has dropped by $200 million over the past five years, and UF may lose $36 million this year.
"In order to maintain the value of the education we're providing, we have to find some other source of revenue," he said.
Hayes still has hope that Scott will stop the bill, and the university will find other ways to fill the gaps.
"It's honestly, it's not my job, to think of ways that they can, they can make up for it, they have the resources to work with Governor Scott, work with the legislators, to make education more of a priority and they have the ability to not put it on the backs of the students," he said.
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