Tuition Rates for Illegal Immigrant Dependents: A federal ruling has deemed it unconstitutional for Florida colleges and universities to charge out-of-state tuition rates for students who are legal U.S. citizens if they are dependents of parents who are in this country illegally.
This issue arose when The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil-rights organization, filed a lawsuit on behalf of five South Florida students who are legal citizens but are dependents of their parents, who are illegal immigrants. They estimate that 8,000 to 10,000 Floridians 18-24 are in the same situation.
Florida colleges and universities charge two different tuition rates: in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition. If the student is not a Florida resident, they must pay out-of-state tuition, which can be three-times the amount of in-state tuition. Tuition rates for Florida public colleges and universities are based on the student’s legal residency in the state or, if the student is a dependent, the legal residency of the student’s parents.
Other states, such as California and Texas, already allow for these students to pay lower tuition rates.
The Florida Board of Education is currently awaiting a vote to decide whether or not to appeal the federal ruling. The Board of Education is expected to vote on this issue at their next meeting on November 6.
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Source: Orlando Sentinal