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State Laws & Policies
Maps: State Laws & Policies on Access to Higher Education for Immigrants
Table: Laws & Policies Improving Access to Higher Education for Immigrants
States with Pending Bills on Access to Higher Education for Immigrants
Model Language: Tuition Equity
TABLE: LAWS & POLICIES IMPROVING ACCESS TO HIGHER EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANTS
Currently, at least seventeen states have laws allowing students who meet specific requirements, regardless of their immigration status, to pay in-state tuition rates at public postsecondary institutions: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Wisconsin’s law, enacted in 2009, was repealed in 2011. Rhode Island's Board of Governors for Higher Education and the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents also has adopted policies permitting eligible students to pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of their immigration status. The University of Michigan's Board of Regents adopted a similar policy for its campuses. Laws in four states — California, New Mexico, Texas and Washington — provide access to state financial aid to students who meet certain criteria, regardless of their immigration status. California, the University of Hawaii, Illinois, and Minnesota offer access to privately funded assistance for these students.
(Updated February 26, 2015)