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Scott signs college affordability bill

Measure provides greater transparency about college costs

Gov. Rick Scott at Florida Atlantic University (Photo courtesy: Governor's Press Office)
Gov. Rick Scott at Florida Atlantic University (Photo courtesy: Governor's Press Office)

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Monday at Florida Atlantic University that creates greater transparency and more accountability of Florida's higher education system.

The measure (HB 79019) provides greater transparency to students about college costs, helps keep graduate school tuition costs from drastically changing, informs students about the textbooks they'll need before classes start and requires colleges and universities to try to make textbooks more affordable.

The legislation will also require the Board of Governors and State Board of Education to study and give suggestions on how to make college more affordable.