BACKGROUND: Many Florida high school students cannot provide documentation to establish residency for post-secondary tuition purposes and are thus classified as out-of-state students who pay significantly higher tuition. This has been a particularly difficult problem for undocumented immigrant students who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children and for youth who are U.S. citizens born to undocumented immigrant parents.
To ensure more equity with tuition rates, SB 1400 (Latvala) would allow all Florida students, including children of undocumented immigrants, who meet certain requirements to qualify for in-state tuition at Florida public colleges and universities and fulfill their goals of becoming better educated, productive citizens. SB 1400 was not placed on the agenda for its last committee of reference, but there is still hope that the bill’s provisions will be heard on the floor of the Senate chamber before the session concludes May 2.
Governor Rick Scott and former Governors Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez have weighed in on the issue with a statement of support calling on the Senate to move the bill forward.
A similar bill, HB 851 (Nuñez), was passed by the House (81-33) earlier in the session.
ACTION: Please act now to let your Florida State Senator know you endorse fair opportunities for all Florida students and ask him or her to support any efforts on the Senate floor to secure in-state tuition rates for children of immigrants.
Click the link below to log in and send your message: https://votervoice.net/FCC/Campaigns/35840/Respond