â€œStudents who have grown up in Florida, attended school here, and now, only because they came to our state at a young age and have undocumented parents should not have to pay out-of-state tuitionâ€, said Representative Rogers. This bill provides that a United States citizen who is a dependent child may not be denied classification as a resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of his or her parent. It amends the definitions of â€œdependent childâ€ and â€œparentâ€ regarding establishing residency for tuition purposes.
The bill also allows, under certain circumstances, dependent students to establish residency for tuition purposes by submitting evidence of their own residency in Florida. Further, institutions would not be required to reevaluate the classification status of a student classified as a resident for tuition purposes so long as there is no inconsistent information suggesting an erroneous classification and there is no break in the studentâ€™s enrollment of 12 months or longer.
The bill provides that a student who resides in Florida may be classified as a resident for tuition purposes if he or she marries a person who qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes. It also allows a student who has been classified as a nonresident to reclassify as a resident upon subsequently marrying a person who already qualifies as a resident for tuition purposes.
The bill classifies as residents for tuition purposes individuals who receive certain tuition waivers and exemptions under Florida law and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including reserve components, who physically reside in Florida while enrolled in a Florida institution of higher learning.