Colleges Are Punishing Kids Because of Their Parents

college gradsPaying for college has got to be one of the most challenging parts of being a parent these days. My kids aren't even in middle school yet and already I break out into a cold sweat just thinking about it. The luckiest parents I know are the ones who happen to be residents where the state schools are decent. In-state tuition is a fraction of what out-of-state students have to pay.

So it's kind of incredibly lame that there's a group of students in Florida who are being charged out-of-state rates even though they're official Florida residents.

The only difference between these students and those paying in-state prices? The ones being ripped off are the children of illegal aliens.


Who, just to reiterate, were born in the U.S.

Apparently the Florida Education Department and Board of Governors, which are responsible for regulating higher education, think it's okay to rob these American citizens by birth of their constitutional rights. I'm not sure if this is some sort of fine print scam meant to pad somebody's pockets or a retroactive punishment targeting illegal aliens (or both), but either way, it's completely wrong.

I'm crossing my fingers for 19-year-old Wendy Ruiz, a sophomore at Miami Dade College, and the four other U.S.-born children of illegal aliens who filed a class-action suit against the state of Florida. I can't imagine how or why they could possibly lose this case, but then again, I can't imagine how or why these bogus "regulations" ever came to be in the first place.

Similar situations in California and Colorado were resolved without students having to sue the state, and the same could happen in Florida. Seems it's just a matter of the education commissioner rewriting the regulations.

I can only hope the regulations haven't already been rewritten in Florida because of some administrative oversight of backlog, as opposed to any anti-illegal sentiment on the part of said education commissioner. As a parent, I'm well aware of the fact that our education system is flawed, but there's a difference between flawed and corrupt.

Will your teen be attending a state school?


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