FSU Board of Trustees Votes for Tuition Increase

Most of the talk centered around raising tuition, more money out of the students' pockets. It's never a popular decision, but one the Florida State University's Board of Trustees say they had to make.

T.K. Wetherell, president of Florida State University, says, "The expenses are just going out of sight and there was really no new state money to amount to anything so you have to resort to tuition."

The board voted for a 7.5 percent increase in tuition for in state undergraduates for the 2004-2005 school year and a 12.5 percent increase for all other FSU students, a vote that doesn't sit well with the student body president.

Jarrett Eady, student body president at Florida State University, says, "I was the only dissenting vote on the board. I think it was a mandate given down by the Legislature saying that we had to increase tuition, but I feel for the sake of the students it’s about time for the state to sit down and say where we're trying to get tuition to go."

Board members say that they needed to vote for this increase if they wanted to keep Florida State a top notch university.

John Thrasher, chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees, says, "The Legislature gave us the authority to do it and if we're going to keep up and attract the best faculty and have the kind of programs at FSU demands of us. We've got to have the additional revenue."

But the main question is: will the increase be welcomed by students?

Eady says, "We don't have all the money in the world to pay for our education, some of it should be subsidized by the state institution and the state in general.”

Wetherell adds, "We wish we didn't have to go up at all, that would be great, but that's not reality and that's not what we deal with."

The Legislature gave the board the option to raise tuition an additional 2.5 percent, but the board voted against the additional increase.