Florida Senate - 2014                                     SB 300
       By Senator Bullard
       39-00344-14                                            2014300__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to postsecondary student tuition;
    3         amending s. 1009.21, F.S.; providing an additional
    4         category of nonresident persons exempt from paying
    5         nonresident tuition at a state university or Florida
    6         College System institution; providing an effective
    7         date.
    9  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   11         Section 1. Present paragraphs (a) through (k) of subsection
   12  (10) of section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as
   13  paragraphs (b) through (l), respectively, and a new paragraph
   14  (a) is added to that subsection, to read:
   15         1009.21 Determination of resident status for tuition
   16  purposes.—Students shall be classified as residents or
   17  nonresidents for the purpose of assessing tuition in
   18  postsecondary educational programs offered by charter technical
   19  career centers or career centers operated by school districts,
   20  in Florida College System institutions, and in state
   21  universities.
   22         (10) The following persons shall be classified as residents
   23  for tuition purposes:
   24         (a) Beginning with the 2014 fall term, any person other
   25  than a nonimmigrant alien within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. s.
   26  1101(a)(15) who:
   27         1. Attended a high school in this state for at least 3
   28  consecutive or nonconsecutive school years;
   29         2. Graduated from a high school in this state or attained a
   30  high school equivalency diploma pursuant to s. 1003.435;
   31         3. Registered as an entering student or is currently
   32  enrolled at a state university or a Florida College System
   33  institution; and
   34         4. If he or she is without lawful immigration status, files
   35  an affidavit with the state university or the Florida College
   36  System institution at which he or she is registered or enrolled
   37  stating that he or she has filed an application to legalize his
   38  or her immigration status or will file an application as soon as
   39  he or she is eligible to do so.
   40         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.