TCC, like many other universities across the state of Florida, is having to slash its budgets even more. That is why TCC has decided to increase tuition by more than 10 percent.
President Jim Murdaugh said, "Our trustees could have raised tuition legally by 13.5 percent, instead the decision was made to raise our tuition by 10.5 percent."
The increase comes as a result of an 8.1 percent cut in funding, implemented by the Florida legislature. Factor in the lack of stimulus money, and that equals a loss of $3.6 million dollars for TCC.
The cuts are to colleges and universities across the board. Right now TCC is still the most efficient, costing $2,232 per year. FSU costs $4,808, and FAMU costs 3,993.
President Murdaugh said, "It may impact some. We understand that, it's tough. But the other part of that is we do a great deal to get private scholarship dollars. We'll actually have over a half a million dollars of private scholarship dollars available next year. We'll have increased financial aid for students who need it."
The increase has students on campus worried.
Shannon Baker is a freshman. Baker said, "That's horrible because as a college student I know it's hard, and we have rent and all of this, and now the tuition is going up, so what are we going to do now?"
"I have to take less classes and get a job and pay for college now," said Faith Shula.
Erik Nemati said, "Going to definitely try not to fail classes so I don't have to repay to take the same class."
This tuition increase is believed to be the second largest in school history, but unlike other colleges in Tallahassee, TCC has been able to dodge layoffs and furloughs over the past few years.