TallahasseeVoices: FSU Tuition

By: TallahasseeVoices; Eyewitness News
By: TallahasseeVoices; Eyewitness News

A bill to increase tuition at state universities in Florida is waiting for Governor Rick Scott's signature.

But a study released Thursday 4-5-12 by Tallahassee Voices shows Floridians are against the bill by a 2 to 1 margin. It's a sentiment FSU students share.

"If the tuition increases, more people will need financial aid which means less potential money for me and other students, which is more out of pocket that not everybody has," says FSU student Melina Palazzolo.

"There's always a way to make this happen.I feel like there are other ways, other things that we can do to not put the majority of the burden on the students," says FSU Grad Student Bob Evans.

More than 300 people were surveyed. Of those surveyed, 56 percent opposed the hike. The bill would increase tuition at state universities by 15 percent

Tallahassee, FL -- April 5, 2012 --

TallahasseeVoices is a pro bono internet survey panel sponsored by Kerr & Downs Research with special media support of WCTV. Survey was conducted February 4th to 25th, 2011. 402 of the 5,000 panel members responded. Results are weighted to reflect the demographics of the 90%+ local residents who have access to the internet at home, work, or school.

By a 2 to 1 margin, residents oppose giving Florida State University and the University of Florida power to raise tuition more than 15% per year.

Phillip Downs, Ph.D., Founder of TallahasseeVoices, states,

“This is a personal issue for many in our community - they either attended or are attending FSU or have children who are attending. Over half of the households in this community have been hit hard by the recession. They are not in the mood for paying higher tuition, and they wonder why college expenses keep rising when their pay is not.”

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  • by Tired Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2012 at 03:07 AM
    I would love to go back and earn a Master's degree but the increases have already become prohibitive. The current system has become one where students are immediately saddled with large debt in order to try and make a go of it in the world. Those in charge will not be happy until we are a nation of indebted citizens. If you can't afford the debt, then you don't get educated. Only the rich can get an education.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    Why does everybody think someone owes them something? Students want world class education, but won't pay for it. Move out of state and pay their tuition. Last laugh will be on you....my tax dollars are not evenly spent now, what about next year? Oh, and by the way - what have these freeloader students given back to Tallahassee?
  • by dog Location: gone on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:11 PM
    Everyone wants Prof's to have Higher Pay, and Schools want more Buildings, etc. and No one wants to pay for it. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH.
  • by kt Location: tally on Apr 5, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    "They are not in the mood for paying higher tuition..." Well duh...I don't think anyone is ever "in the mood" to pay more...with or without a recession.
  • by Jess on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:49 AM
    Where are the residents when the legislature has slowly been defunding the State University System slowly over the past 5 years? It is the old Catch 22. Maybe we should just start sending our students up to Georgia and Alabama.
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