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(Source:AP/Donna McWilliam)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) — An agreement has been reached by an education task force assembled by Gov. Scott regarding how to lower tuition costs.

The agreement, reached on Thursday by Gov. Scott’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform, calls for different tuition rates based on the type of degree being sought.

This means, for example, that students studying fashion design would pay less than engineering students.

The agreement also proposed letting “preeminent universities” set higher tuition rates.

In addition, the task force came out for giving the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, bigger roles in budgeting and hiring university presidents.

The task force did not go so far as to approve a proposal that would have set a goal of reaching the national average for state university funding. Florida now ranks near the bottom.

The seven-member panel plans to finalize its recommendations to Scott and the Legislature next week.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel contributed material for this report.

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