A higher education budget committee unveiled a spending plan today that calls for a 3 percent tuition hike for state colleges and community colleges and no increase for Florida's 11 public universities.
Meanwhile, the House plan calls for an 8 percent tuition increase next school year.
State Sen. Evelyn Lynn, chairwoman for the Senate committee, said she wants to try to keep the increase small because Gov. Rick Scott has made it clear he opposes additional tuition hikes.
Lynn said setting the increase for state colleges and community colleges at 3 percent was a good way to start budget discussions among Senate committee members, who are scheduled to continue fine-tuning their higher education plan Wednesday evening.