Toolkit | Access to Postsecondary Education

Toolkit | Access to Postsecondary Education


STATE LAWS & POLICIES

TOOLKIT CONTENTSMaps: 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 Wisconsin’s law, enacted in 2009, was repealed in 2011.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.

Eight states—California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington—provide access to state financial aid to students who meet certain criteria, regardless of their immigration status. California, Illinois, Minnesota, and Utah offer access to institutional aid or scholarships for such students.

(Updated May 2016)

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StateYear enactedBill numberRequirements:
Years of high school in state
In-state tuitionState financial aidPrivately-funded scholarshipsLinks to bill text, fiscal notes, analyses, and testimony, where available
CA2001


2011


2011


2012


2014


2014
AB 540


AB 130


AB 131


AB 1899


AB 2000


SB 1210
3 years


YesYes, effective 1/1/2013YesCalifornia State Legislature -
AB 540


California State Legislature -
AB 130


California State Legislature -
AB 131


California State Legislature -
AB 1899


California State Legislature -
AB 2000


California State Legislature -
SB 1210
CO2013SB 13-0333 yearsYesN/AN/AColorado General Assembly
CT2011


2015
HB 6390


HB 6844



2 years
YesN/AN/AConnecticut General Assembly

Connecticut General Assembly
FL2014HB 8513 yearsYesNoN/AFlorida House of Representatives
HI2013Section 6-91 year in Hawaii;
3 years in U.S.
YesYesYesUniversity of Hawaii Board of Regents Policies
IL2003


2011
HB 60


SB 2185
3 yearsYesN/AYesIllinois General Assembly - HB 60

Illinois General Assembly - SB 2185
KS2004HB 21453 yearsYesN/AN/AKansas Legislative Archive
MD2011SB 1673 yearsYes, at community college; can transfer if earn AA or 60 creditsN/AN/AMaryland General Assembly
MN2013SF 12363 yearsYesYesYesMinnesota Legislature
NE2006LB 2393 yearsYesN/AN/ANebraska Legislature
NJ2013SB 24793 yearsYesNoN/ANew Jersey Legislature
NM2005SB 5821 yearYesYesN/ANew Mexico Legislature
NY2002SB 77842 yearsYesN/AN/ANew York State Assembly
OK2003

2007
SB 596

HB 1804
(preserved discretion)
2 yearsYes, Board of Regents policyYes, certain grantsN/AOklahoma Legislature - SB 596

Oklahoma Legislature - HB 1804
OR2013



2015
HB 2787



SB 932
3 years in Oregon high school; 5 years in elementary or secondary school in U.S.YesYes, financial aid, scholarships and grantsN/AOregon Legislature



Oregon Legislature
RI2011Residency Policy S-5.03 yearsYes, effective Fall 2012 semesterN/AN/ABoard of Governors for Higher Education Policy Manual
TX2001

2005
HB 1403

SB 1528
(amends HB 1403)
3 yearsYesYesN/ATexas Legislature - HB 1403

Texas Legislature - SB 1528
UT2002

2015
HB 144


SB 253
3 yearsYesN/AYes, for UT high school graduatesUtah State Legislature -
HB 144


Utah State Legislature -
SB 253
WA2003



2014
HB 1079



SB 6523
Complete full senior year of high school and lived in state for 3 years prior to diploma


YesYesN/AWashington State Legislature