Published: Oct 26, 2011 10:12 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida remains among the states with the lowest public university tuition.
    
The College Board released a report Wednesday ranking Florida 45th nationwide in average cost to attend a public university. The average tuition is $5,626, 11.8 percent higher than last year.
    
Last year, Florida ranked 48th nationwide. Despite the increase in cost, Florida's average tuition is still below the national average of $8,244, an increase of 8.3 percent.
    
Louisiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, New Mexico, Alaska and Utah all have cheaper tuition than Florida.
    
According to Florida law, the Legislature determines a base tuition rate and Board of Governors can approve an additional hike totaling no more than 15 percent. Any increases cannot exceed the national average tuition.

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