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Immigrant In-State Tuition Less Likely in Florida

Hope is fading that Florida will join other states in offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrant residents attending public colleges and universities.

The Miami Herald reports that Florida Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron, a Republican, cut off the bill’s progress by announcing that his committee would not hold a vote on it. 

In doing so, Negron raised concerns about millions of dollars in lost tuition impacting funding for Florida students. His concerns contrasted with Republicans who do support the measure. 

“To say there’s not money for this is not true,” Republican State Senator Jack Latvala told the newspaper in response.

The article noted that Miami Dade College and Florida International University provide tuition waivers to undocumented immigrant students who received deferred action from the federal government. However, other state colleges and universities are not doing the same.