TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A little bit of relief now heads to undocumented students in Florida who plan to go to one of the state's universities or colleges.
Governor Rick Scott signed a bill Monday extending in-state tuition to children whose parents brought them here illegally.
Top republican leaders and the governor showed strong support for the measure despite strong party opposition in the past.
The in-state rate is about one-quarter of the out-of-state tuition rate. Earlier, Governor Rick Scott touted the new law and criticized Charlie Crist.
"We got rid of his 15 percent increase. We also said that if you grew up in our state, you're gonna get the same tuition as your peers, something that wasn't happening in our state," Governor Scott said.
The new tuition offer extends to students who attended a Florida school at least three years before graduation.