- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Colleges and universities will be required to notify students ahead of time of any proposed tuition hikes under a bill passed by the Legislature.

State lawmakers on Thursday sent to Gov. Rick Scott a “college affordability” bill that is a far cry from what the Republican governor proposed more than a year ago.

Scott initially wanted to get rid of taxes charged on textbooks and hold the line on graduate school and professional school tuition.

The bill passed by legislators instead requires colleges and universities to notify students at least 28 days before trustees plan to vote to raise tuition or fees. The legislation also requires that 45 days before classes start, colleges and universities must post online a list of books that will be used in the class.

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