TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State lawmakers took a big step Thursday toward allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges and universities.
During session, the House voted 81-33 to approve the measure. The bill revises standard tuition and out-of-state fees.
The Senate version of the bill narrowly passed through the education committee.
We spoke with a student advocating for the bill, because he experienced paying out-of-state tuition himself as an undocumented student and now he hopes to change it for the future.
"Essentially, it's for me to get students who wish to get an education at a university or college to promote themselves and to improve our state and the communities that they reside in to be able to access that without having to fork over thousands of dollars and be able to benefit from the in-state rate that other citizens and residents of the state also get," said Juan Escalante, Florida State grad student.
The Senate version of the bill now moves on to the Judiciary and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.