Tallahassee, FL -- June 8, 2012 --
The FAMU Board of Trustees voted on a proposal to increase tuition by fifteen percent.
During the board's meeting Thursday, Trustee Torey Alston rhetorically asked if students will get an increase in education.
Elizabeth Davenport, Ph.D, a FAMU professor addressed the board to give her answer. She says, "I really don't know if they will. We have a math department that needs more math teachers. We have an English department that needs more English teachers and we have sciences that need to be re-staffed."
Administrators say tuition hikes make it difficult to keep students.
FAMU President Dr. James Ammons says new student enrollment went down 18 percent from last year and administrators say that could mean a $2.5 million hit.
"We have to find a way to reduce student debt loads. this is important work that needs to be done. It has my focus to ensure that we find a way to lower the cost of attendance here at Florida A&M University."
Dr. Ammons says nine percent of funding comes from alumni.
He says they hope to get it up to 12 percent by next year getting the financial support to go with their undeniable school spirit.
Tommy Mitchell, FAMU Alumni President, says, "We have the best thing in Florida."
Administrators say FAMU will begin 2012-2013 with a budget of $147.5 million.