Since July 01, 2014, our Florida legislature put into effect a new policy for undocumented youth, allowing them to receive a partial tuition waiver at ALL public colleges and universities located within the state of Florida. This means that students without legal status in Florida will be able to pay for school at the same in-state rates as documented students.
The new policy does not grant undocumented students in-state status for residency purposes, but it does give you eligibility for a partial tuition fee waiver and will classify undocumented students as non-Florida residents. Sadly, this policy bars eligibility for government financial aid, but there are private, non-government scholarship options available.
You may qualify for a partial tuition fee waiver if:
- You’ve attended a Florida high school for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade for 3 consecutive years and have earned a High School Diploma from an accredited institution; or
- You’ve applied for acceptance or have taken courses at a public Florida college or university within 24 months after graduating from high school.
Unfortunately, GEDs and “Certificates of Completion” are not accepted.
To apply for a tuition waiver, you must submit the following documents to your college or university:
- A valid high school transcript to verify your high school attendance record and proof of graduation.
- Proof that you were accepted to a Florida public college or university within the 24 months after graduation, or if you were accepted, a copy of your college transcript from that institution to verify your enrollment.
Remember, you need to ask for the Out-of-State Fee Waiver Form
Campus registrar’s office, the office of undergraduate admission or the financial aid department should have instructions regarding tuition waivers for undocumented students.
- If they do not have information, do not give up. If you meet the requirements, ALL public colleges and universities are required to grant you a waiver.
You can visit the office once again with copies of the policy from our website, floridaimmigrant.org. If this fails, write to us at email@example.com so we can look into the problem.