Scott signs bill allowing in-state tuition for students in U.S. illegally

New law offers in-state college tuition to undocumented students

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Gov. Rick Scott talks to students in Jacksonville about in-state tuition.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida students living in the country illegally will be allowed to qualify for in-state college tuition rates under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Scott signed the bill privately Monday, but he plans to tout the signing at a campaign event scheduled later in the day in Fort Myers.

The new law offers in-state college tuition rates to undocumented students who had attended a Florida school for at least three years before graduation.

The current in-state rate is one-quarter of what out-of-state students and those in the country illegally pay.

The in-state college tuition bill had been considered several times before, when it drew strong opposition from many Republicans.

But this year, Scott and other Republican leaders such as House Speaker Will Weatherford backed the bill.

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