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Scott announces incentive for college students to graduate in four years

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Gov. Rick Scott has announced plans to push “Finish in Four” tuition, which would provide an incentive for students to finish within four years by locking tuition for their time in school.

Scott’s idea is to hold student tuition at the same rate from when the student starts school to when he or she graduates, according to The Miami Herald.

University of Florida spokeswoman Janine Sikes said the plan would have many benefits.

“It frees up classroom space for students to go ahead and get through in four years. It reduces the financial burden on families as well as the state if students get through in four years,” she said.

When colleges have students stay for more than four years, classrooms fill up and the school cannot admit as many students, she said.

Sen. Bill Galvano said he wasn’t ready to take a position on the proposal, according to the Miami Herald, because some students may face challenges that limit them from finishing school in four years like jobs or a difficult major.

Tyler Roundtree, an engineering student at UF, said his major is difficult and he cannot see himself benefitting from the program.

“It’s not very realistic. Well, engineering you have eight extra credits that you are required to take rather than a typical major,” he said.

Kelsey Meany wrote this story for online.

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