Florida May Vary Tuition Depending on College Major
Governor's task force recommends change
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Anthropology majors in Florida may have to pay higher tuition than science majors if a new task force on college costs gets its way. The panel set up by Gov. Rick Scott recommends that state schools give a break to students who major in math and science because related jobs are in demand in Florida, reports the Orlando Sentinel. By contrast, students who major in things like the performing arts, psychology, and political science would pay more because they would probably have to move out of state to find work.

It's counter-intuitive, complains one student at Florida Atlantic. "Theater majors or English majors are not guaranteed to make a lot of money," she says. "Doctors and scientists, they make a lot of money. If anything, they should be paying more." But the chair of the task force says it's all about supply and demand. The state's Board of Governors would have to sign off on the change before it takes effect.

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Oct 30, 2012 8:38 AM CDT
It's pushing people to needed fields. People that go into degrees where it's harder to find jobs are more likely to require government assistance. So don't encourage pursuit of those fields. Maybe if they're more expensive, more people will think twice about their career choices. Makes sense to me. Too many people are so caught up in doing "what they love" that they're not doing what's smart - what provides for them, for their families, what gives them the standard of living they wish for.
Oct 29, 2012 8:24 AM CDT
GREAT! No more clueless fools majoring in Pottery, Snake-Charming or Underwater Basket-Weaving! Scientists, Doctors, Nurses, Engineers! What the 21st Century needs !
Oct 28, 2012 6:08 AM CDT
"Doctors and scientists, they make a lot of money. If anything, they should be paying more." That's absurdly retarded. If anything, doctors should be attending school for free. They are the healers of the world.