October 1, 2012

Harry Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical oasis. The Mission statement for each the gardens are to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. There is a museum house that unveils the details of living for families at the turn-of-the century. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.


International Students seek In-State College Tuition under Deferred Action-Dream Act 2012

International college students pay between 3-4 times higher tuition than students paying In-State Tuition. The New Deferred Action Program approved by President Obama does not address the issue if an approved child will be granted In-State Tuition. This will be a State by State determination.

In Florida the Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes are as follows:

Section 2.1 of the Guidelines specifically identifies that U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens lawfully present in the United States (maybe) classified as residents for tuition purposes.  Section 2.4  entitled Exceptions/Qualifications appears to be directly on point. The controlling language is as follows:

“Non-U.S. Citizens who fall within the following categories are also eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.

h. Individuals granted Deferred Action Status.”

The Florida State Legislature has not addressed this issue; but there are anecdotal reports that some universities are following these guidelines for reduction of tuition with respect to international students.

Until there is a law passed, we recommend that once you are approved for deferred action status; present your USCIS approval notice to the university financing or admission departments.



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