News Release: Florida House
Tallahassee, FL – Representative Nuñez (R – Miami) succeeded yesterday in passing HB 851, a bill relating to Resident Status for Tuition Purposes, through the Appropriations Committee. This was the last committee stop before the bill is scheduled to appear on the House floor. HB 851 so far has had overwhelming support from the Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Nuñez, the Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Appropriations Committee.
The bill seeks to give all students who have studied in Florida for three consecutive years the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at a state college or university, regardless of immigration status. Since the State of Florida has already financed tens of thousands of dollars in educating each student through elementary, middle and high school, it makes both fiscal and moral sense to continue investing in their futures and allow them to realize their dreams of going to college. The bill also exempts veterans of the US military, including reserve components from the payment of out-of-state fees.
“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. 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.”
“I wish to thank Speaker Weatherford for his leadership and courage and I look forward to continue working with him to safeguard a more promising future for our students.”