By: Lanetra Bennett
February 20, 2014
Tallahassee, FL - A group of FSU students is demanding tuition equity for undocumented students. The students say undocumented students should be able to receive in-state tuition.
Currently in Florida, undocumented students, or students whose parents are undocumented, are required to pay out-of-state tuition, regardless of how many years they have spent within the state public school system.
Thursday, a group of students demanded that that changes.
Students for a Democratic Society and various other student organizations met in front of the Integration Statue at FSU. Senator Dwight Bullard was there in support.
The students call the current practice archaic and discriminatory. They support the passing of tuition equity on both the state and school-wide levels, in order to give all students an affordable education.
FSU Student, Maria Villalobos, says, "I believe it is just and it is right that the students get in-state tuition and that they pay the same amount that I pay because they've been living here even more years that I've been living here. I think it's the right thing to do."
The students say they want FSU's president to publicly support tuition equity. They're asking the university board of trustees to put the issue on the board's next meeting agenda in March, and allow them to speak during the meeting.
The House Higher Education and Workforce Subcommittee unanimously passed House Bill 851 Wednesday. If approved, the proposed legislation would ensure in-state tuition for children who were born in the Sunshine State.
Letter from Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society
To whom it may concern,
Tallahassee Students for a Democratic Society, a local activist group, will be conducting a press conference with a number of Florida State University student organizations to announce the joint campaign to fight for Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students, where we will talk about what we want and the direct action we are taking to see this dream become a reality.
The press conference will be held on Thursday the 20th at 1:00 P.M. At the Integration Statue. The speakers will include: Brianna Calderon-Roman, the Co-President of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Maria Villalobos, the President of the Hispanic and Latino Student Union (HLSU), Cassie Barragan, the President of Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (AIRR), Giovanni Rocco, the Assistant Director of the Center for Participant Education (CPE), Andreina Granado, the Campaign Coordinator of Dream Defenders (DD), and Florida Senator Dwight Bullard of District 39.
I hope you will be able to make it out.