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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, twelve states have laws allowing students who meet specific requirements, regardless of their status, to pay in-state tuition rates at public postsecondary institutions: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Wisconsin’s law, enacted in 2009, was repealed in 2011. Rhode Island's Board of Governors for Higher Education also adopted a policy permitting eligible students to pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of their status. Minnesota offers a “flat” tuition rate to students, regardless of their status. Laws in three states — California, New Mexico, and Texas — provide access to state financial aid to students who meet certain criteria, regardless of their status. Illinois and California offer access to privately-funded scholarships for these students.