Florida Senator Greg Steube is targeting DACA students.
Senator Greg Steube was elected to the Florida Senate this year and he is already taking aim at Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Senate Bill 82, filed by Sen. Steube, only does one thing: it completely reverses the the 2014 law that allows for undocumented and DACA students receive in-state tuition while attending a state university in the State University system of Florida, which includes 12 universities around the Sunshine State. Currently, in order for students to receive a tuition break in Florida, they must fulfill three specific requirements:
1) They must have attending a Florida high school for at least three consecutive years before graduating.
2) Students have to apply to a university in the system within 2 years of graduating from high school.
3) Students have to submit a Florida high school transcript as proof of graduation and attendance.
This bill is likely to have detrimental financial impact on many students in Florida. For example, a DACA student attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Fla. will be forced to pay $17,767.90 for two 15-credit hour semesters instead of $5,827.30. That’s a difference of $592.26 per credit hour compared to $194.24 per credit hour. DACA recipients cannot get federal financial aid meaning these students must pay out of pocket or receive scholarships to supplement the cost. If passed, Senate Bill 82 will go into effect on July 1, 2017.