TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Board of Governors has denied Florida Gulf Coast University's appeal of a reduced tuition increase.

The Board of Governors previously agreed to let the Fort Myers school raise tuition by 12 percent this fall. The university asked for a 14 percent increase. A committee voted 6-0 Friday to deny the request.

The tuition increases, which ranged from 9 percent to 15 percent, will raise $98.32 million across the State University System.

That's about a third of the $300 million spending cut the 11 universities will be facing when the new state budget goes into effect Sunday.

The Legislature did not set a base tuition increase this year for undergraduate-level tuition, leaving universities to seek the full 15 percent cap.

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