Published: Feb 17, 2011 5:58 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 2:59 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The board that oversees Florida's state universities has approved proposals paving the way for higher tuition rates for 17 graduate level programs at four universities.

 The Board of Governors approved market rate tuition Thursday for 17 programs at Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.

None of the programs are in critical needs areas like education and security.

 Florida has among the lowest in-state tuition rates in the nation, and market-based tuition will allow universities to align their tuition more closely with that of private and out-of-state institutions.

 Most of the new rates will go into effect in the fall. The rate of increase will vary by institution.

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