Report: Mass. cuts tuition for illegal immigrants

Politico, 11/19/2012

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is ordering the state’s public colleges and universities to offer reduced tuition rates to young illegal immigrants eligible for a federal program saving them from deportation. Patrick, a Democrat, is directing the state’s Board of Higher Education to offer in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants who went to high school in Massachusetts, according to The Boston Globe. The move could save students as much as $13,000 a year in tuition.

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Longtime Residents Not Allowed In-State Tuition

New York Times, 3/8/2009

Some high school teachers worry about grooming students for admission to elite universities. Judah Lakin worries about getting his students’ immigration papers so that they can afford college.

Illegal immigrants do not qualify for federal financial aid, and those living in Rhode Island, as in 39 other states, do not qualify for in-state tuition at public universities. Since out-of-state tuition is about three times as high as in-state, many young immigrants forgo higher education.

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