Published: Jun 19, 2011 2:36 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 19, 2011 1:24 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A student studying to get his GED is gathering signatures against a new bill passed in Florida requiring students to pay for classes that were formerly free.

Julio Rosa has gotten over 100 signatures petitioning against Senate Bill 2150 and Senate Bill 2000 that change the pricing for adult general education courses.

"Its like, you know, you had your chance you should've done it then... now you pay your consequences," said Rosa.

According to the Florida Department of Education, the changes include:

Removal of the fee exemption for students without a high school diploma or with basic skills below the 9th grade level
*     Change in the tuition from a per contact hour rate (from which most students were exempt) to a block tuition rate of block tuition for adult general education programs, as follows:
*       $45 per half year tuition, plus an out-of-state fee of $135 for nonresidents only
*       $30 per term tuition, plus an out-of-state fee of $90 for nonresidents only
*       Students may not be charged the discretionary financial aid, capital improvement, and technology fees.
*       Requires districts and colleges to adopt policies and procedures for the collection of and accounting for the expenditure of block tuition.

The changes go into effect July 1.