ORLANDO, Fla. -

State education board members are expected to respond Monday to a federal ruling deeming policies by Florida state universities unconstitutional to charge higher tuition to dependent children of illegal immigrants.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization who filed this lawsuit in federal court, up to 10,000 students ages 18 to 24 would be affected.

The state could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if a lower tuition needs to be offered to all of the U.S. citizens whose parents are not legal residents.  The lawsuit alleges the tuition rate tripled for those students who were denied in state tuition.

Twenty-eight community colleges will meet in a closed session Monday night to discuss the lawsuit filed late last year by five South Florida students.

On Tuesday, the board will discuss the case again in a public meeting at Valencia College.

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