Monday, October 24, 2011
Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal class action lawsuit today on behalf of several aspiring college students who are denied in-state college tuition rates in Florida because they cannot prove the lawful immigration status of their parents. According to the lawsuit, policies of the Florida State Board of Education and the Florida Board of Governors treat students who are residents of Florida as non-residents solely because the students’ parents are undocumented immigrants – even when the students themselves are U.S. citizens. The difference in tuition is staggering. At Miami Dade College, the cost per term in the two-year associate degree programs is $1,266 for residents, compared to $4,524 for students classified as nonresidents. The cost per term in the four-year bachelor’s degree programs is $1,400 for residents, compared to $6,246 for non-residents. For a full year, nonresident students would have to pay $6,516 more in tuition and fees toward an associate’s degree and $9,692 more toward a bachelor’s degree than a resident student.
Click here for a story about the lawsuit.