Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill in April that allows certain state universities to be designated as “preeminent” institutions, but he doesn’t want them to charge higher tuition than universities that haven’t earned that status. What, then, is the point of making the distinction?
In fact, Florida’s public universities are not created equal. A degree from Florida Gulf Coast does not mean the same as one from the University of Florida, which U.S. News ranks 17th among American universities. Yet tuition and fees at FGCU are only $82 less than at UF — $6,068 vs. $6,150.
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