For the first time, out-of-state applicants to universities across Florida are finding out whether they will be among 350 students who will save tens of thousands of dollars with in-state tuition under a new law rewarding them as grandchildren of residents here.
The tuition discounts are the result of a law Gov. Ron DeSantis signed last summer. Waiving out-of-state tuition at some universities for grandchildren could save families tens of thousands of dollars over four years. At the University of Florida, the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition is $22,278 each year.
The state’s flagship university said it was notifying over the next few weeks out-of-state applicants it has already accepted for admission and who qualify as grandchildren of Florida residents. Under the new law, universities prioritized those students for admission over other out-of-state applicants who don’t have grandparents living here.