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 Wisconsin’s law, enacted in 2009, was repealed in 2011.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

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(Updated April 2017)