in-state tuition

Florida Residents in some counties bordering Georgia can go to school at Valdosta State University and pay in-state tuition.

The in-state rate applies to residents of Leon, Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison and Nassau counties. That comes to about $3,500 a year for a person who takes 15 credit hours a semester, about the same as what it would  cost to attend Florida State.

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott has signed the so-called Immigrant Tuition bill, the first of the 105 bills sent to his desk last week. But, some say it’s all just a re-election ploy.

Florida Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Annette Taddeo-Goldstein says while she’d like to see the measure do more, she’s happy Scott signed the bill granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.

Huffington Post

Governor Rick Scott has about two weeks to act on more than a 100 bills delivered to his desk Thursday. They include a bill granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants as well as a bill legalizing a mild strain of marijuana for medical purposes—a couple controversial measures Scott has already said he’ll sign.

Charlotte's Web

Florida Democratic Party

The Florida Democratic Party is taking shots at Governor Rick Scott over a proposal giving undocumented students access to in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.

Party officials are slamming Scott over a watered-down version of the bill now in play in the legislature.

The Florida Senate will weigh in on whether undocumented immigrants can be charged the in-state tuition rate for attending the state’s public colleges and universities.

The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also reduces the state university system governing board’s authority to grant tuition increases above what the legislature approves.  But that’s not the part of the bill getting the most attention.

A Florida Senate panel has rejected several attempts to revive a plan giving the children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition.

Efforts to revive the proposal failed in the appropriations committee Tuesday as the bill sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala’s (R-Clearwater) attempts to get the language amended onto other education bills were thwarted by Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher. Thrasher ruled the language didn’t relate closely enough with the other proposals. 

After the votes, Governor Rick Scott talked with reporters and repeated his support for the proposal:

Florida Senate

A proposal to give children of undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Florida may be dead for the year.

The House included the tuition issue a part of its legislative agenda and it was a priority of Speaker Will Weatherford. but the plan to give undocumented students in-state tuition faced an uphill battle in the Senate from the start, with strong opposition coming from Senate President Don Gaetz.

It’s still early in the 2014 lawmaking session, but already gaps between the House and Senate are starting to emerge.

The Legislature has passed some high-priority bills, but other proposals are starting to stall out.

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Hispanic Democratic Florida lawmakers are rallying to change state professional-licensing requirements after the Florida Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday undocumented immigrants cannot be admitted to the Florida Bar as lawyers. At the same time, undocumented students called on President Barack Obama to push federal immigration reform as he visited Miami today.

The children of undocumented immigrants could soon be eligible for the in-state tuition rate at Florida’s public colleges and universities. A House bill allowing the change is heading to the chamber floor, signaling a change of heart by Republicans who have opposed the measure in years past.

Jessica Palombo / WFSU News

A bill giving military veterans in-state college tuition passed its second committee stop on Tuesday. The measure passed the Florida House last year and seems poised for success in the full Legislature this time around.

Last year’s bill would have granted all veterans in-state residency, so their bill from Florida colleges would be smaller. This year’s grants out-of-state vets a tuition waiver without taking residency spots from other students.

Florida State University student-veteran Andrew Sloan says he had to pay out of state tuition, but he hopes his successors won’t.

Florida Senate/Florida House

A couple of Florida lawmakers are renewing a push to give children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at public universities.

Miami Senator Dwight Bullard and Orlando Representative Victor Torres are the bill’s authors. It’s Bullard’s fourth time filing the bill—twice in the House, and now twice in the Senate. Torres has his name on the bill for the first time—a bill he says is about prosperity for future generations.

FSU President Backs Law Charging Vets In-State Tuition

Sep 23, 2013
Stan Jastrzebski

A group of Florida State University students and administrators Monday urged the Florida Legislature to approve a bill which would offer in-state tuition to veterans attending public colleges in the state.  

Public schools usually make much more on out-of-state students than on their in-state brethren.  That’s true at Florida State, where out-of-state credits cost about $500 more per hour.  That mean students may be charged an additional $60,000 for a four-year degree. But it’s a cost FSU President Eric Barron says his institution is willing to swallow for veterans…

Florida’s 2013 lawmaking session is slowly fading into the mists of history.  But although lawmakers may have finished their work, some of what they did or didn’t do could prompt much more work on the part of the state’s courts.  It’s a bit like a game of legal ping pong.

Florida used to have a law that fined people whose car radios could be heard more than 25 feet away. Last year, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of a man who challenged that law. The verdict? Turn it up.

Recently, a Senate panel rejected a proposal that would have granted in-state tuition to Florida residents, who are children of undocumented immigrants. Now, as Sascha Cordner reports, a similar bill met the same fate in its first committee stop Thursday.

Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando is a Democratic lawmaker, known for often voting against his own party and siding with Republican lawmakers. During Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Siplin reminded the panel of his reputation:

Sascha Cordner

Several Democratic lawmakers gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to garner support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented students if they meet certain conditions. Sascha Cordner has more.

A measure that would allow the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition has been rejected by a Senate Committee. Lynn Hatter reports the vote came after hours of emotional testimony and ended in a tie.