In State Tuition

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20 states offer in-state tuition to unauthorized immigrant students, 16 by state legislative action and four by state university systems.

16 state legislatures enacted laws to allow in-state tuition benefits for certain unauthorized immigrant students.

These laws typically require attendance and graduation at state high schools, acceptance at a state college or university, and promising to apply for legal status as soon as eligible. At least 4 state university systems—the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Rhode Island’s Board of Governors for Higher Education—established policies to offer in-state tuition rates to unauthorized immigrant students.
NCSL – Tuition Benefits for Immigrants



NCSL – Undocumented Student Tuition: Overview

Nashville Public Radio – Is Tennessee Seeing A Republican Shift On Medical Marijuana, In-State Tuition For Immigrants?

Dallas News – Texas business group bucks GOP on tuition rates for immigrants in the country illegally

Texas Tribune – Interactive: Undocumented Students on In-State Tuition

Huffington Post – Dreamers Plead With Texas Lawmakers: Don’t Take Away In-State Tuition

US News – Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs In-State Tuition Bill for ‘Dreamers’

Huffington Post – 15 States Now Grant In-State Tuition To Undocumented Immigrants

Wallstreet Journal – Some States Resist Offering Tuition Breaks to Undocumented Immigrants

Chicago Tribune – Republican New Jersey governor to approve in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

AZ Central – Arizona ‘dreamers’ cheer in-state tuition from regents

Center for American Progress – States Must Expand Higher-Education Opportunities for Undocumented Students

Statesman – Trowbridge: A conservative’s defense of in-state tuition for immigrants

Texas Tribune – Interactive: Undocumented Students on In-State Tuition

Pew – Apprehensions of Mexican migrants at U.S. borders reach near-historic low

Pew – More Mexicans Leaving Than Coming to the U.S.

Star Telegram – Fix the college aid process for U.S. citizen children of immigrants

NPR – What It’s Like To Be College-Bound And Worried About Your Immigration Status

When Undocumented Youth Are Banned From College, The Entire Nation Fails

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