"The state of Florida denied in-state college
tuition rates to U.S. citizens living in the state but unable to prove
the lawful immigration status of their parents – an unconstitutional
policy that more than tripled the cost of tuition. The SPLC filed a
federal lawsuit to end the practice.
The lawsuit charged that
these policies of the Florida State Board of Education and the Florida
Board of Governors are unconstitutional because they discriminate
against U.S. citizen children due to the immigration status of their
The difference in tuition for students affected by the
policies was 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 non-residents. The cost per term in
the four-year bachelor’s degree programs is $1,400 for residents,
compared to $6,246 for non-residents.
Many talented American
students who lived in Florida either delayed or decided to forego a
college education due to the higher tuition rates they had to pay by
being wrongly classified as “non-residents.” - SPLC, Oct. 19, 2011.