Scott Wants Tighter Controls On College Costs

CBS Miami

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Governor Rick Scott is asking legislators to pass a sweeping bill which would lower textbook costs and curb tuition increases for graduate programs.

During his campaign for re-election, Scott promised to keep costs of college down during his second term.

Scott’s proposal is expected to be his top priority during the upcoming session that starts in March.

The draft, which was obtained by The Associated Press, includes the Republican governor’s push to permanently exempt college textbooks from sales taxes.

Scott also wants to prevent universities from raising the tuition of graduate programs, including law schools and medical schools, beyond the rate that will be in place July 1.

“We have to keep higher education affordable for our students – and while we have made considerable steps to curb the rising cost of undergraduate tuition – it must be a priority to hold the line on graduate school…

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