Florida House Extends In-State Tuition Break

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Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida House is approving a bill that would allow U.S. born children of people who enter or remain in the country without legal permission to pay in-state tuition rates for college.

The House voted 111-4 in favor of the bill which heads to the Senate where similar legislation has barely moved this session.

The legislation comes months after a federal court decision invalidated state college and university rules that require higher tuition rates to Florida-residents who are U.S. citizens but dependent on parents who are in the U.S. without legal permission.

Past efforts to pass similar bills in the last decade have failed.

Some legislators complained the legislation didn't go far enough because it does not include children who were brought to the U.S. when they were young.

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