Over the course of the past few months we have been following the progress being made toward in-state tuition for college students in the state of Florida who are not documented. Historically, for the purpose of tuition at the colleges throughout the state, the children of individuals who entered the United States without proper documentation were considered to be out-of-state students, even if they grew up in Florida.
When we last wrote about this matter, approximately a month ago, a bill providing in-state tuition to these individuals had just been passed by both the house and senate. The contents of that bill recently became law. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into law earlier this week. To be eligible to take advantage of the change individuals must have attended a Florida school for a minimum of three years.
For many individuals who reside in the U.S., attending college is an integral part of a plan for success. The notion that an advanced education is necessary to get ahead in life is one held by many, in Florida, and beyond, regardless of their immigration status. Since the search for a better life is what prompts so many to come to the U.S., for immigrants who can benefit from this new law, the change was likely a longtime coming. Previous efforts to accomplish what this bill did, failed.
Of course, being able to pay in-state tuition while pursuing a college degree, in the state of Florida, does not change one’s immigration status. To address that matter one must work with an immigration lawyer. Attorneys who handle these types of cases are the best place to start to determine one’s options.
Source: Reuters, “Florida governor extends in-state tuition to undocumented students,” Letitia Stein, June 9, 2014