Mon August 10, 2009
Immigration Tuition Law benefits State Universities and Colleges
Flagstaff, AZ – The state's universities and community colleges are benefiting from a voter-passed initiative that denies in-state college tuition and other benefits to illegal immigrants. Reports to the legislature show that more than 3,400 community college students and 300 university students are paying out-of-state tuition because they can't prove they're in the country legally. Supporters of the law, passed 2 years ago, say it's allowing the state to save money that can be used to fund programs for residents. But, opponents say thousands of bright young people who can't afford out-of-state tuition are being denied the opportunity to get an education and contribute to society. Analysts say some of the effected students have lived in the U.S. since birth.