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States Advance Tuition Equity For Undocumented Students

States Advance Tuition Equity For Undocumented Students

Republicans in Washington may be looking to make college more expensive, but states are advancing legislation intended to make college more affordable for undocumented students.

Colorado, Hawaii and Delaware are among the most recent examples of states trying to made college accessible, regardless of immigration status. Twelve states already have laws on their books that allow some undocumented students who have attended and graduated from primary and secondary schools to pay the same tuition as their classmates at public institutions of higher education.

In Colorado the democratically-controlled Senate voted along party lines to pass SB 15, a bill that would provide a standard tuition rate to qualifying undocumented students. That rate is higher than in-state tuition but lower than out-of-state tuition. Some Republicans in the state have come out in support of the bill though final passage is still uncertain.

In Hawaii SB 2163 provides in-state tuition, state financial aid and fee waivers to qualifying students regardless of immigration status recently passed the Senate Education Committee.

Delaware legislators recently introduced SB 169, a bill that allows undocumented students to pay tuition and fees at the in-state, resident rate at public higher education institutions. The bill would also allow qualifying students to apply for an receive state scholarships and grants.

I don’t think this is what Republicans have in mind when they argue that states should take the lead on immigration matters, but it’s great to see.

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8:18PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

In Colorado the tuition is LOWER for undocumented than out-of-state people who are here legally?? What the hell? I have family that can't afford college and I'm helping people go to school who have no business being here to begin with?

5:17AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Continued from the post bellow.

So many of you are so simple minded. There is no possibility to kick them out in droves. Stopping them from coming could only be possible by pusjing our neighbors to improve living conditions in their own country.
What we need is to have mandatory courses on CIVISM, driving in the USA, and vocational schools where they could learn to perform jobs that are needed by our economy. Hate and blanket solutions have never brought good results in HISTORY.

5:16AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

The fact is that if you live in a city with heavy immigration, the street sweeper, the bus boy at the restaurant, the maid next door, the yard workers, the low level construction workers, most handy men, the woman that mends clothesor does other people's laundry, and many low level workers are all illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants perform most of the duties that nobody else want to perform. They get paid between half and 70% of the minimum wage.
Eliminating them would increase the price of services by 30 to 100%. All you people are talking from your xenophobic hearts. However, if the illegals were all suddenly gone and your restaurant bill came to $70, instead of $40, and your groceries came to be $200 instead of $120, and so on, you would change your tune.
Who is the illegal immigrant? A person that was trapped in a world of utmost poverty, a world controlled by thugs and drug lords. A person who lived in fear with no hope for improvement. That person saved every penny to give it to a shark that will bring him here through perils and starvation. Once this illegal arrives here, he or she realizes that this land of opportunity has opportunities for the legal ones. He takes the worse jobs for half minimum wage. She does the same, but in her case, once in a while, a truck comes to offer better jobs. The trucks take them to burdelos up north, where legal Americans use them.
So many of you are so simple minded. There is no possibility to kick them out in droves. Stopping

11:18PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Undocumented- there we go again- another nice way of saying illegal. Only the US has this problem- and it is so far out of control; there is probably no way to fix it.

6:22PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

ohhhh, I'm so sorry. Didn't mean to send it twice.

6:21PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

This article, I think, is just the tip of the iceberg. You would be shocked at how many foreign doctors come here (USA) to study & get their education 100% paid for. I know, I worked with them. Also, you would want to fling yourself off the front porch if you knew how many illegals come here (USA) to get FREE medical care & then go straight back "home." I know, they told me. I never got a Thank You note for picking up the bill. Did you ?????

6:19PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

This article, I think, is just the tip of the iceberg. You would be shocked at how many foreign doctors come here (USA) to study & get their education 100% paid for. I know, I worked with them. Also, you would want to fling yourself off the front porch if you knew how many illegals come here (USA) to get FREE medical care & then go straight back "home." I know, they told me. I never got a Thank You note for picking up the bill. Did you ?????

5:04PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Noted.

4:38PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

This is so wrong on so many levels. A tax paying family of US citizens was passed over so a undocumented/immigrant or whatever you wan't to call them can get educated. Yes, we will be a third world country before you know it.

3:01PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

But what about people like me, documented American born citizen and a tax payer? How come I have to pay for students who have absolutely no business being in America because they don't have documents? Are those students giving anything back to the nation? Not that I see, because they are STILL undocumented. They sure aren't paying taxes. Are they bothering to get their citizenship - no, they are still undocumented. If the government I'm paying taxes to is giving away money to UNdocumented students, then how about forking some of that money to me, so I can finish my education that I CAN'T afford?

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