Students Protest Tuition Hike

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 4, 2012 --

Florida A&M is trying to fill an almost 20 million dollar budget gap.

The state budget awaiting the governor's signature is sending universities back to the drawing board.

Today was the first day of FAMU's Board of Trustees meeting this month. The first committee on the agenda was budget and finance. They're trying to make up for 19.8 million dollars they may not see.

Wayne King might not come back to FAMU next fall.

"If tuition goes up anymore I may have to go home."

More students throughout Florida could soon feel the same way.
State university budgets are expected to take a 300 million dollar hit.

Budget Committee Chairman Rufus Montgomery says, "We're working on things that were thrust upon us so ..."

Wednesday FAMU's Board of Trustees worked through ways to fill the hole.

One option would likely cost students 600 more dollars each year.

FAMU student Tiffany Brown adds, "I feel like it's a burden."

That concerns the athletic department too.
When tuition goes up --- it costs more to provide athletic scholarships.
They're already putting almost one million more dollars into scholarships now than in 2005.

And in a year when a boost in football ticket sales could help their bottom line --- the suspension of the Marching 100 could make that less likely..

FAMU student Phylicia Taylor says, "The marching 100 is the best part. The football team isn't that good. so we stay for the 100. If they're not there then what's the point?"

The Board of Trustees did say it would look into other forms of entertainment to try to still bring in a crowd. Trustees say the 20 million dollar cut is a one time deal and they should be able to get that money back next year.


Tallahassee, April 4, 2012

A group of high school students rallied in front of the steps of the Old Capitol Wednesday (4-4-12)

The students came from all over Leon County to protest House Bill 7129. The students say the bill increases tuition by 15 percent and state universities will no longer accept AP and dual enrollment courses for credit.

"It affects me as a senior because I'm going to college, it really does affect my decision of where to go. It also affects the kids that are in college right now because the tuition increase messes up their finances," Katelyn Biggins, a high school student.

The bill has passed the Senate and House. It now awaits Governor Scott's signature before it can become law.

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  • by Here's an idea... Location: to students on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:45 AM
    Maybe you all can pay for your AP classes in HS. Then it will have "value" to you. Never mind that you're getting an early top notch education in a dumbed down public school.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:12 AM in reply to Here's an idea...
      Are you talking about taking college courses while in school as part of the AP classes(dual enrollment)? If so then how would this be a "top notch education in a dumbed down public school" if they are actually taking classes at a college?
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        by GV on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to
        They ain't taking classes at college,stupid.
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      by Your Idea Sucks! on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM in reply to Here's an idea...
      Do you even know how an AP course works?? You take the class which covers materials covered at the college level. After busting your rear in class, you have to take the AP test and score a certain grade on in order to even get the college credit. These tests are college level tests and aren't easy by any means. If you've never taken and passed and AP course/test, I suggest you keep your comments to yourself!
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Apr 5, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    I went to college, worked, and paid my own way. No loans, no grants, no handouts. Some are saying times are different. I assure you, it wasn't any easier to make ends meet then than it is now. You already have great tuition rates because many who don't have children in college and never will are paying taxes to cover that cost. So did I. If you had to pay a tuition equal to all the costs associated with college you would find it most prohibitive.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2012 at 03:05 AM
    College is over-rated. Necissity is mother of invention. If these "bright" people were to apply themselves instead of being brainwashed and led as a mass, soemthing productive could happen and the over-stuffed, blouted colleges would be forced to restructure.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to John
      Necissity? LOL!
  • by AngryStudent on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    The point of the protest isn't the tuition hike, it's the fact we won't receive credit for the AP, college level, work we've done. Please read the bill before you start tell me about "real life". I agree there should be a tuition increase; Florida has some of the lowest tuition in the country. However, telling AP students their work isn't valued is wrong.
  • by Brent on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:13 PM
    @ fed up and anonymous You come from a different day in age obviously. imagine that you were trying to put a kid through college or more than one kid for that matter. its a great thing that these kids are protesting and if you were going to have to pay that increase you would go out there and protest your own self. "its life. Deal with it" is a horrible attitude, so im glad that youre not a student because then your horrible take on life would be the next "leading generation"
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      by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:37 AM in reply to Brent
      Really? I'm about $50,000 in debt because of school loans. I'm not protesting. I got my education, and now I'm paying it back each month. This is life. I deal with it...I'm not out there protesting.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM in reply to
        But if they were trying to severely jack up tuition when you were in college and take away the AP/Dual Enrollment stuff, I bet you would have been out there protesting as well! These kids aren't protesting because they have to pay back their student loans. They are protesting because they want to earn there AP/Dual enrollement credits that they have worked for and not have to go into hugh debt like you for a college education. What is wrong with wanting afforable higher education and voicing it?
  • by gotta love it... on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:53 PM
    If you take away millions in funding from the Universities, they can only cut so much before they have to compensate by raising tuition. Higher education is not a priority in times of budget crisis, so bigger cuts come their way. What would these student have the schools do? There is another option, fire more staff, and cut enrollment or make entrance criteria stronger so limit on the front end, to which they would protest how they can no longer go to college as acceptance limits wont allow them. However, cuts at that level leads to your best and brightest leaving to go to research institutions with more funding. If you think FSU, UF, USF, or any of the other major FL universities are teaching first institutions, you are misinformed. They are research first, and teaching is simply a byproduct. Research requires funding, and there are only so many grants to go around. This is more complicated then most people would think.
  • by Well Educated on Apr 4, 2012 at 04:42 PM
    @Fedup- Have you read anything about the issue before you posted? You accuse the students saying they "sit back and do nothing". These are all of Florida's best and brightest honor students who have taken AP classes on the promise it would be used as college credit. They have worked hard for 4 years to keep high GPA's and take harder classes than the average kid, and do well in them. Now Florida is taking away that promise! So the message to our youth changes from “work harder”, to a message of “no need to work harder it won't get you anything”. These honor students are the kids that go on to be the doctors and professionals that we rely on. We need smarter people to keep working hard for America, and to compete against other countries. Yes tuition per credit hour goes up, but offering AP classes in high school so that students need less college classes to graduate, lowers the total cost of college tuition. This means less fortunate kids, who are smart and work hard, can afford to go to college, without costing taxpayers extra money. Taking away AP classes is discouraging kids from working harder. For those students who have already done the work the last 4 years, it is a crime to take it away when they are months from being admitted to Florida universities. It's changing the rules after they already played the game.
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      by Henry on Apr 5, 2012 at 03:01 AM in reply to Well Educated
      Wow, someone has really fooled you, or you take their word at face value. Most think school is an intitulement and treat it that way too.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    I believe what people are not understanding about the protests is simple. It isn't the tuition hike that students are completely and totally opposed to, most college bound students fully understand that college is a right granted to those who have worked hard to enough to attain it. The thing that is getting under students skin is simply the nullification of Advanced Placement credits and Dual Enrollment credits that they have worked to earn. Being a student myself i see how hard people work for these credits, and understand the statement that is being made.
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      by GV on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to
      I'm sure that there are more things that they are opposed,but "Students protest tuition hikes"means that they are protesting tuition hikes.
  • by Fed up Location: Tlh on Apr 4, 2012 at 02:25 PM
    Stop protesting. Just go ahead and pay the increases and you will learn first hand about how the working public has been paying through the nose all these years, for the waste and incompetence that has been going on forever, while you take a free ride off the taxpayers. Maybe you will learn a little bit about having a job and having an ever increasing portion of your paycheck taken to pay for somebody else to enjoy and sit back and do nothing. There is a lot of waste in the entire education system, not just college. And if you get smart enough to own a house, take a look at how much the take is on the property tax bill to support the union freeloaders. You will understand it better.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Welcome to the real world. Guess what...prices are going up everywhere. Food prices, gas prices, insurance name it. My home insurance went up sky high for the next year...but you dont see me protesting. It's life. Deal with it. College education is something you arent entitled to. You have to work for it. Get over the price raise, and get to working for it!!!!!!
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      by Ugh! on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:00 AM in reply to
      Typical bitter old adult response! These kids are standing up for that they want their government to do. You should be happy that these kids are paying attention to what is going on and activly participating. Quit being so bitter and drink and some ensure! And by the way....ACCESS to college is an entitlement!
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