Basic Facts about In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrant Students
Via The National Immigration Law Center
Twelve states currently have laws permitting certain undocumented students who have attended and graduated from their primary and secondary schools to pay the same tuition as their classmates at public institutions of higher education. The states are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington. In addition, Rhode Island’s Board of Governors for Higher Education voted unanimously to provide access to in-state tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities to certain students, regardless of their immigration status, beginning in 2012.
Undocumented immigrants with outstanding deportation orders benefited from the 1986 legalization program, and I expect them to qualify under a 2013 immigration reform bill as well. President Obama has ordered ICE to stop deportation of many undocumented immigrants under the prosecutorial discretion program. It makes sense to grant them a path to legal status and U.S. citizenship.