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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. It looks bleak for supporters of a bill providing in-state tuition to undocumented students. But, students and state leaders aren’t ready to call the proposal dead yet.

Florida International University Student Julio Calderon says he doesn’t know if he can continue to afford school. His shirt says it all

Julio Calderon is an Undocumented Student at F.I.U., Florida International University. “I really need this bill to pass because it would allow me to continue my education.”

A bill that would help thousands of students like Calderon by providing in-state tuition to undocumented kids is being blocked in the Senate. Even though the Governor has thrown his full support behind it. “College is expensive, we need to do everything we can to reduce the cost of tuition for all of our students, this is a wrong we need to correct.”

Students sat outside the Senate President’s office for the second straight day trying to put pressure on him to allow the Senate to hear the bill.

The Senate President bashed the proposal last week. Juan Escalante, is a FSU undocumented student who met with the Governor on Tuesday, says helping thousands of students out just makes sense for Florida. “Bottom line is that this is an investment that the state of Florida has made on us and all we want is an education so that we continue to grow our state.”

The legislation also caps tuition hikes. It brings it down from 15 percent to 6 percent tuition increases. Senator John Thrasher says that even though it’s not being heard on its own, the bill can still make it through the process.

Thrasher chairs the Governor’s re-election committee. Even though Scott is supporting the bill…Thrasher already threw out one of the proposals that would have gotten the proposal through its final Senate committee.

The in-state tuition bill was not heard in any form in Tuesday’s Senate appropriations committee. Bill supporters say they’ll still have hope up until session is officially declared over next Friday.


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