Florida Gov. Rick Scott is backing a bill that would allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition even if they are in the country illegally.
Scott said Wednesday he supports the legislation sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, because it would also prevent state universities from being able to raise tuition rates above the amount annually set by the state Legislature.
Scott's decision to back the legislation is a turn from 2010 when he took a hard line on immigration issues.
But the governor told The Associated Press that he remains concerned that tuition been "growing too fast" and that students are leaving college burdened with debt.
Legislative leaders have said that universities should still be able to enact some tuition hikes without legislative approval.