Well this doesn’t make any sense. I heard Republicans are evil, money obsessed people who care nothing for America’s college students.

Meredith Rutland of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Florida governor calls for end to university tuition increases

Placing himself firmly in the middle of a debate over cost and funding of higher education, Gov. Rick Scott revealed in his State of the State address that one of his priorities this spring will be to get rid of state universities’ ability to increase tuition by 15 percent each year.

“If we want to make higher education more accessible to lower and middle class families, we have to make it more affordable,” he said.

Universities responded to Scott’s comment, saying Florida already has low tuition rates.

Florida is among the cheapest states in the U.S. to attend a public university. It ranked 43rd for four-year, in-state tuition costs in a 2013 College Board report on the cost of higher education in the U.S.

The average cost of in-state tuition nationally was $8,800 a year. In Florida, it’s closer to $6,000 a year, the report stated.

The issue comes down to funding. State appropriations to higher education have consistently decreased since the mid-2000s, according to a recent report by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

At the same time, scholarship programs such as Bright Futures have cut the amount of tuition they cover, and students have had to make up the difference.

University of North Florida’s average tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $4,281. It was $4,639 a year for Florida State University that academic year. For the University of Florida, it was $6,143 a year.

Florida State College at Jacksonville probably wouldn’t be affected by such a change because the college doesn’t raise its tuition by much, said spokeswoman Jill Johnson. The Times-Union previously reported FSCJ raised its tuition by 3 percent in 2012. In-state tuition at FSCJ is $1,194 per year for this academic year.