In-state tution for Dreamers could reach Senate floor todayby John Lantigua | April 30th, 2014
A bill granting in-state college tution rates to Florida high school graduates who were brought to the country illegally as children is expected to go the floor of the Florida Senate as early as today.
Among those waiting anxiously to see what happens is Anthony DaRosa, 20, of West Palm Beach, a student at Palm Beach State College, who was brought to the U.S. in 2004, went to Palm Beach County schools and graduated high school from G-Star School of the Arts. His family is from Uruguay, but he was born in Canada and brought from there to the U.S. by his parents.His father was deported several years ago and DaRosa lives with his mother.
He told a press conference in Hollywood on Monday about having to work two jobs in order to make the money to pay out of state tuition rates, which are about three times as high as in-state rates, and also to help his mother pay the household bills. He said his lack of legal staus makes it impossible for him to qualify for loans or scholarships
He is studying nursing, a decison he made after being hit by a car in 2006 and needing serious hospital care.
“I want to give back,” he said. “My whole life has been here,but they make it hard with having to pay out of state tuition. It’s not much I’m asking for.”