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Facts About In-State Tuition


Basic Facts About In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Several 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. A majority of America’s undocumented immigrants live in these states, and several other states are considering similar policies.

Eligibility for In-State Tuition, Fee Waivers, Financial Aid, and Scholarships in California (PDF)

In-state tuition rates | Board of Governor fee waivers | State financial aid (Cal Grants) | Federal financial aid | Institutional financial aid

The DREAM Act: A Return to States’ Rights (PDF)

The DREAM Act would not require states to provide in-state tuition to undocumented students but rather would let states decide whether it was in their interests to do so.

In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students and the DREAM Act

Voices for Utah Children, 10/12/09. Examines Utah's experience since passage of HB144 ("Exemption from Nonresident Tuition") in 2002. See also

No Federal Requirement That School Administrators Inquire about Students’ Immigration Status or Report Those Who Are Undocumented, DHS Confirms