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Daily Legislative Brief from May 1, 2014

Education & Workforce

HB 851 – relating to Education Tuition
On Thursday, May 1st, HB 851, relating to Education Tuition, by Representative Jeanette M. Nuñez (R-Miami) and Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) passed the Senate chamber by a 26-13 vote. The bill now heads back to the House for consideration.

The bill provides that students, regardless of immigration status, who attend a Florida high school for 3 consecutive years and enroll in an institution of higher education within 24 months after graduation are not required to pay out-of-state fees, provided they submit their high school transcript as documentary evidence of attendance and graduation. While these students are not classified as residents for tuition purposes, they may be reported for purposes of state funding.

AIF supports legislation that would allow all Florida high school graduates to qualify for in-state tuition at our public colleges, universities and independent universities regardless of their immigration status, subject to meeting all admission standards.