ERIC Number: ED499908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants: State's Rights and Educational Opportunity. Policy Matters: A Higher Education Policy Brief
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Concerns about higher-education access and affordability have emerged as significant issues in the immigration debates. As is true for immigration issues in general, public opinion is divided on how states should respond, and emotions run high. Passage of proposed federal legislation would clarify the states' authority over tuition policy and the right to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. It would not provide a "one-size-fits-all" directive to states, but it would remove obstacles to state efforts to promote higher-education access and affordability for all students. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) strongly supports passage of federal legislation to clarify existing immigration law by allowing states to regulate the tuition rate eligibility status of undocumented students. This is a clear matter of states' authority over tuition policy that must be preserved and respected. Moreover, AASCU encourages states to offer in-state tuition to qualified undocumented immigrants. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Public Opinion, Immigration, Educational Opportunities, Undocumented Immigrants, In State Students, Tuition, Access to Education, Financial Support, Paying for College, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.