Published: Nov 10, 2011 6:35 PM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The board that oversees Florida's State University System has approved market rate tuition for 18 programs at five universities.
    
The Board of Governors voted to approve the new rates at its meeting Thursday in Boca Raton.
    
The higher rate will apply to specific graduate programs that are not in critical needs areas. The University of Central Florida, Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida all requested and were granted the market tuition rates.
    
The price increases are part of a three-year pilot program.
    
The board also approved a 2012-2025 strategic plan to strengthen the state's universities, increase the number of graduates and focus on high needs areas like science, technology, engineering and math.

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