The state of Florida is home to a large number of undocumented immigrant minors who were brought to the U.S. by their parents. Child immigrants are afforded the right to enroll in public schools up until the end of high school. However, when it comes time to go to college, undocumented students are not entitled to receive in-state tuition rates at almost any of Florida's universities. Miami Dade College and Florida International University are the only two schools in South Florida that give tuition waivers to undocumented immigrants, allowing them to pay the same amount as students who are legal state residents.
The program through which students are able to obtain tuition waivers is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Florida Legislature may soon approve a measure that would extend similar benefits to undocumented students throughout the state, provided that the students meet certain criteria. Governor Rick Scott has indicated that he would sign the law if the bill is passed so long as it includes specific conditions.