Gov. Rick Scott's higher education task force on Monday tentatively agreed to recommend holding the line on tuition for certain "two-plus-two" students who start at community colleges and then complete their degrees at universities.
The proposal calls for keeping tuition at about $15,000 for the full four years until Florida's unemployment drops to 7 percent or below for students in what are deemed to be programs of strategic emphasis, like high-demand, high-wage and high-skill fields.
It was suggested by task force member Frank Fuller, a former educator serving as senior policy adviser on K-20 education to the Florida Senate. He said it would offset other recommendations for raising tuition at what would be designated as "preeminent universities" and charging different rates based on a student's field of study.
"I'm trying to make this just have balance on both sides instead of just having the whole thing have an upward lift," Fuller said. "Sustaining the two-plus-two plan I think is critical to Florida's economic growth and our future."