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The Florida Tuition Lawsuit

Southern Poverty Law Center

Five students are leading a class action lawsuit over college tuition with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Below is the lawsuit from the Southern Poverty Law Center challenging Florida’s college tuition rules.

The group argues that children of undocumented immigrants should not be charged out-of-state tuition despite those students being both U.S. citizens and Florida residents.

StateImpact Florida profiled one such student in August.

From Sarah Gonzalez’ piece:

One class at Miami Dade College costs $315 for in-state students. Its $950 for out-of-state students. That’s three times more expensive because Caroline’s dad is not a legal Florida resident. And in Florida, college tuition is based on a parent’s residency for unmarried students under age 25.

“And I’m a citizen, I’m a resident, I was born here. I’ve been going to Miami-Dade schools my entire life and now all of a sudden I’m considered out-of-state.

“But I don’t think that’s fair, it’s not my father going to school it’s me. Now I have to I have to claim myself as an independent, work for a year and make more than $11,000 to get the scholarship and start school.”

 

What do you think of the case?

Comments

  • Manny Shargel

    It is disgraceful that the state of Florida would deny individuals who were born and raised in this state would be declared non residents because their parents have not supplied proof of citizenship. I thought that being born in the United states makes you a citizen of the United States. Having lived in Florida all your life makes you a resident of Florida, doesn’t it? How mean spirited of our elected officials to make legal residents pay out of state tuition. Why do the governor, the Commissioner and the Chancellor hate their neighbors’ children?

  • Manny Shargel

    Sorry I didn’t read my note before posting it. how about “It is disgraceful that the state of Florida would declare individuals who were born and raised in this state to be “non-residents” because of unanswered question about the status of their parents, who may or my not be “aliens” and “illegals. I thought that being born in the United states makes you a citizen of the United States. Having lived in Florida all your life makes you a resident of Florida, doesn’t it? How mean spirited of our elected officials to make legal residents pay out of state tuition. Why do the governor, the Commissioner and the Chancellor hate their neighbors’ children?”

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