USF students pass resolution in favor of in-state tuition for undocumented students | News
Tampa, Florida -- On Tuesday the University of South Florida's student senate voted in favor of a resolution asking the board of trustees to offer in-state tuition to students without legal immigration status.
The resolution advocates for a policy of offering in-state tuition to any student who graduates from a Florida high school or has been enrolled at least part-time at USF for 12 consecutive months.
Some 65,000 students graduate from American high schools each year that do not have a legal immigration status. Currently sixteen states offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. The Florida Legislature had similar legislation on the table last year which it failed to pass.
"This issue is more than a business decision for the university, it is a humanitarian issue. Do we want the University of South Florida to seem unfriendly to immigrants or do we offer relief to thousands of students who are just as American as we are, graduated from the same high schools we did, and live in the same community as us?" said Christopher Cano, a senator for the College of Arts & Sciences and co-sponsor of the resolution.
If USF agrees to the policy, it will become the second school in the state -- along with Florida International University -- to adopt the program.
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