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Five reasons tuition hike makes sense

By A TIMES EDITORIAL
Published May 22, 2007


The outgoing student body president at the University of Florida says he "wholeheartedly" supports higher tuition for the state's three major research universities, and it's not hard to understand why. For the high-achieving students who land spots at UF, the University of South Florida and Florida State University, this is a deal that makes too much sense to pass up.

Think of the potential benefits:

Not many students, frankly, are going to clamor for higher tuition. But the UF Student Senate voted last fall, in what outgoing president John Boyles calls "a historic departure," to embrace such an increase there. "Quality education," he recently wrote, "doesn't come cheap."

Boyles urges the governor to sign the tuition bill. That he speaks from a student's point of view makes his plea all the more poignant.