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Florida House Passes Legislation to Provide All Qualifying Florida Students With In-State Tuition Rates

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida House of Representatives today passed CS/CS/CS/HB 851 for Postsecondary Education Tuition and Fees, a bill sponsored by Representative Jeanette Nuñez (R-Miami).  The bill provides graduating students who have completed four years in a Florida high school the opportunity to receive in-state tuition rates at a Florida postsecondary institution.

“Today, the Florida House took a historic step toward putting a college degree within reach for a certain group of Florida students,” said House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel).  “The State of Florida invests thousands of taxpayer dollars to educate children who are here through no fault of their own.  The time has come to stop penalizing them for the mistakes of their parents.”

“I believe that education is the most important opportunity the State government can offer its residents, and I am glad that it has been at the forefront of this legislative session,” said Representative Nuñez. “This bill is an important step that introduces fairness and pragmatism to our state college and university system. I am proud that even though there may be an immigration gridlock in Washington, Florida is leading the country in offering opportunities for all students.”

CS/CS/CS/HB 851 exempts from the payment of out-of-state fees: students who attend a Florida high school for four consecutive years and enroll in a postsecondary institution within 24 months after graduation, provided they submit their high school transcript as documentary evidence of attendance and graduation.  The bill also extends the tuition and fee waivers for Purple Heart recipients to those who enroll in workforce education programs at Florida career centers.

For more information about CS/CS/CS/HB 851, please visit the Florida House of Representatives online.

 

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