Florida Legislature passes in-state tuition bill

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Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill passed by the Legislature.

The bill heads to Gov. Rick Scott who has already promised to sign it into law.

The Florida House voted 84-32 for the bill which offers the in-state college tuition rate to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years prior to graduation. Currently the in-state tuition rate is one-quarter of what is paid by out-of-state students and those who are in the country illegally.

The in-state college tuition bill has been considered several times before but it drew strong opposition from many Republicans.

But this year Scott and other GOP leaders such as House Speaker Will Weatherford backed the bill.