New Florida Law Gives In-State Tuition to Certain Undocumented Students

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On June 9, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill allowing certain Florida students without a lawful immigration status to receive in-state college tuition rates. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2014.   

The new law allows for Florida students without a lawful immigration status to receive an “out-of-state fee waiver.” It applies to students who attended a Florida secondary school for at least three years and who apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within two years after high school graduation. In-state tuition is about one-fourth the rate charged for out-of-state tuition. 

A student granted an out-of-state fee waiver pursuant to the new law must be considered a nonresident for purposes of calculating the system-wide total enrollment. In addition, a student who is granted an out-of-state fee waiver under the new law is not eligible for state financial aid and must not be reported as a resident for tuition purposes. Schools must also prioritize a nonresident veteran who is granted an out-of-state fee waiver pursuant to Congressman C.W. Bill Young Tuition Waiver Act over a student granted an out-of-state fee waiver pursuant to the new law.

Florida has now joined 16 other states that allow students without a lawful immigration status to receive in-state tuition.

 


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