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Senator adds new twist to bill offering in-state tuition to undocumented students

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The Florida House and Senate have already taken different approaches to the hotly debated issue of whether to grant in-state university tuition to undocumented students living in the state.

The House has favored looking at the students' residency (HB 851) while the Senate has gravitated toward granting waivers (SB 1400).

Senate Education Committee chairman John Legg, R-Lutz, on Tuesday submitted an amendment to the Senate's proposal that could push the two sides even further apart. He would require students seeking the tuition waiver to "submit to the institution of higher education a notarized affidavit stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her federal immigration status or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so."

Other states have taken this step as a protection to lawsuits, which Legg predicted would be inevitable if the bill becomes law.

He called the recommendation important.

"If they're going to get in-state tuition rates by getting a tuition waiver, then they have got to play by the rules," Legg said. "If they're not willing to become a citizen, then they should not get the in-state rates."

The bill goes before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education on Wednesday. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:41am]

    

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