Florida Governor Rick Scott wants state, community colleges to offer bargain four-year degrees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to St. Petersburg College in Clearwater on Monday morning with a big announcement.

"Florida must be focused on affordability in higher education," Governor Scott said in front of a group of community leaders, college and elected officials, along with St. Pete College students.

The Governor's announcement was more of a challenge to all of the colleges in the state of Florida. A challenge to create Bachelor Degree programs that cost no more than $10,000.  The Governor said now is the time to make a higher education more of a reality for Florida residents.    

The degree will vary depending on the college and what it can offer, according to state college officials, but at St. Pete College, they have already decided on Technology Management as their first contribution to the $10,000 degree.

Governor Scott boasted that Florida has the ninth lowest average tuition in the  nation and despite the billions of dollars in cuts to higher education in years past, Governor Scott says the challenge is indeed possible.

State college officials say if everything goes as planned they are hoping to see the first $10,000 Bachelor Degrees to be offered in the Fall of 2013.

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