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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you support a tuition break for children of undocumented immigrants in Florida?
Legislation that would grant in-state tuition to children of undocumented immigrants advanced in the Florida State Senate today.
It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 7-2 vote.
The bill would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally.
Out-of-state tuition for some Florida universities is over $21,000 a year.
In-state tuition is around $6,000.
The bill would also clarify that undocumented students are ineligible for state-financed scholarships.
The bill is sponsored by Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, and has the support of Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida House has already passed the bill although there are some differences between the house and senate versions.
Governor Scott's office sent out a press release immediately after the Judiciary Committee's vote, saying that "On behalf of all of Florida's families who dream of a brighter future for their kids, and all of our students who aspire to achieve success in the classroom and in the workforce, we will keep fighting to help every student in Florida afford a college education."
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