Full Fla. Legislature passes in-state tuition bill

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill passed by the Legislature.

The Florida House voted 84-32 on Friday for the bill, which offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.

The Senate passed the bill Thursday. It heads to Gov. Rick Scott, who says he'll sign it into law.

The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

The in-state college tuition bill had been considered several times before, when it drew strong opposition from many Republicans.

But this year, Scott and other GOP leaders such as House Speaker Will Weatherford backed the bill.

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