In a report released by Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) the impact of providing College Tuition Subsidy for Illegal Aliens (HB851/SB1400, a.k.a. in-state tuition) will be that approximately 5,000 legal students will be displaced in Florida higher level institutions by illegal alien students. These legislators are unwilling to raise taxes for the additional illegal alien students by expanding capacity so legal students will consequently be displaced.
While Democrats have consistently supported college tuition subsidy for illegal aliens only recently has Republican Leadership supported the measure. The impetus for Republicans to support the benefit seems to be a distorted belief that Governor Rick Scott’s sagging poll numbers will be bolstered.
While the number of displaced legal students and fiscal cost vary slightly between HB851 and SB1400 the estimates are similar:
- HB851 will displace of 5,026 legal students
- SB1400 will displace 5,175 legal students
- The fiscal cost of HB851 is estimated at $21.7 million.
- The fiscal cost of SB1400 is estimated at $22.7 million.
The full report is available at: