FAU President applauds lawmakers' decision to extend lower tuition rates to undocumented students

Florida to be 20th state with similar law

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The price of a college education left undocumented students like Brayan Vazquez without many choices. The 19 year old just finished his first semester at Miami Dade College, one of only two school in Florida that offered in-state prices to undocumented students.

"We were talking about 3-4 times more to pay out-of-state tuition versus in-state," said Vazquez.

Florida Atlantic University wasn't an option for him, until now. State legislators voted in favor of offering in-state tuition prices to undocumented students.

"It's just such an amazing feeling that all the hard work different groups put into this for 10 years and being rejected it's a wonderful feeling," said Vazquez.

FAU President John Kelly is applauding the decision.

"Students of different backgrounds have been going to high school for years side by side, and then to tell them they can't go to college for a reasonable fee, it doesn't make sense. We are very much in support of them being able to go to college for in-state tuition," said Kelly.

Vazquez came to Florida at age 11. He says his undocumented status creates constant roadblocks. He can't get a drivers' license, and he may not be able to get a job with his computer science degree when he graduates. 

Still he celebrates this victory.

"It is wonderful to know our state government is moving in right direction and putting emphasis on education," said Vazquez.

Vazquez says if he can't get a job when he graduates in three years he'll work for himself. 

The bill is on Governor Rick Scott's desk, awaiting his signature. 
 

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