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Gov. Scott signs in-state tuition bill


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The Associated Press reports: Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill privately, but he planned to tout the signing at a campaign event scheduled later in the day in Fort Myers.

The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation. The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

“Signing this historic legislation today will keep tuition low, and allow all students who grew up in Florida to have the same access to affordable higher education,” Scott said in a statement. “With this legislation, higher education became more affordable and more accessible to all Floridians.”

The measure also restricts the ability of Florida universities to raise tuition above the rate set each year by legislators. It repeals a law that allowed universities to raise tuition up to 15 percent a year.

Instead it allows two schools — the University of Florida and Florida State University — to raise tuition up to 6 percent without approval by the Florida Legislature.

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