Rick Scott's $10,000 Challenge Accepted by Half of Florida College System


More than half of the 28 schools in the Florida College System have accepted the governor’s challenge of creating four-year degree programs that cost under $10,000, according to the state Department of Education.

Brevard Community College, Northwest Florida State College, South Florida State College, and Chipola College are the latest schools to announce they would seek ways to offer programs in areas that include information technology, business and organizational management, education, and engineering technology that could be completed at a cheaper rate.

Brevard Community College President Dr. Jim Richey

“We're strongly supportive of Governor Scott's plan and intend to start examining four-year degrees that we could offer for $10,000 that would put more educational and career opportunities within the reach of more students,” said Richey. Brevard Community College has petitioned the State Board of Education to begin offering the first bachelor degree program in its history.

South Florida State College President Dr. Norm Stephens

“Our goal is to make it possible for any student to pursue a bachelor’s degree through SFSC for less than $10,000.”

Chipola College President Dr. Gene Prough

“We look forward to working with the governor and the Florida College System to make college even more accessible to the citizens of our district.”

Northwest Florida State College President Ty Handy

“The college will have to work hard but we are committed to giving it our best shot."

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