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Learn more about In-State Tuition
Currently sixteen states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington) allow illegal immigrants to pay the same in-state tuition rates as other residents of the state. To qualify, students must have attended a school in the state for a certain number of years, have graduated high school in the state, have confirmed they are applying for legal citizenship. See recent in-state tuition news
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If someone is in the country illegally, then they have committed a crime and should be deported. If an individual wishes to attend college in the us, they should apply for a student visa and be charged an out of state rate to attend schools in the US. 1yr ago from a Republican in Montgomery, AL.
Until all domestic students receive an education or have the funded opportunity to receive one, no foreign student should be admitted to a higher education facility. We must take care of our own before we take care of others. Hopefully, we can and then we should reach out to those that could benefit from education programs in other countries. 1yr ago from a Green in Potwin, KS.
Citizenship should not be a barrier to education as long as a person is able to pay. However, if a person is discovered to be in the country illegally, even if they've paid tuition, they get deported and they lose their investment. Government has no business being involved in education at any level. 1yr ago from a Republican in Valley View, TX.
They should pay out of state tuition, if they attend an out of state college. In state tuition if they have resided in the said state for a minimum of 4 years. They should also be eligible for financial aid and scholarships provided that they graduated from an U.S. high school. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Big Rapids, MI.
If they are illegal they should not be able to go to school unless they pay all of it themselves with no help from state/federal. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Illegal is illegal and illegal aliens should not be allowed any access to any benefit of the United States. Illegal aliens need to foll0w legal ways to enter the United States. 1yr ago from a Republican in Humboldt, TN.
No. Illegal immigrants should either apply for citizenship and/or do what is necessary to obtain legal status if they want the benefits of this country. Their children should be allowed to go to school, but the parents must be applying for legal citizenship or obtaining a legal right to be in the United States. They should not be allowed to break the laws of this country,not pay any taxes and at the same time spend taxpayer money. But a definite path for the children of these immigrants should be established so that they can legally get an education so that they may have a future. 1yr ago from a Green in Richardson, TX.
In order to pay the same In-State Tuition, an illegal immigrant should be able to show that he/she is a model citizen who came to this country looking for a better life, but was unable to get the proper paperwork from their own country. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Sunnyside, NY.
If these children were brought here by their parents when young, and have attended school, why shouldn't they pay in-state rates. If the residency status did not effect them going to public schools why waste money on debating this issue?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Goldsboro, NC.
Why would they pay anything. they are not allowed to attend any school because they are ILLEGAL ALIENS and have no rights or claim to benefits that accrue to citizens of this country. Let them go back to Mexico and attend their own public schools and universities. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Franklin, TN.
Should be a state by state decision. Only if they have gone to a US public school for 6 or more years and then allow them to be eligible for state grants/scholarships as well. 1yr ago from a Republican in Danville, AR.
Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to attend university. Why should they be educated here if not citizens. 2yr ago from a Republican in Villa Park, IL.
Complicated. have to solve general immigration issue first. We are being subjected to death by a thousand cuts. 2yr ago from a Republican in Toms River, NJ.
No, they should pay the same rate as international students. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Washington, DC.
They should need to obtain citizenship in the US and become residents of the state where they reside. Then once citizens and legal residents they would qualify for in state tuition. Otherwise if not legal resident of the state they should by the out state tuition/ non resident rates. 2yr ago from a Republican in Burlington, WI.
No, and educational institutions should be held to the same standards/requirements/laws that the work force are required to follow. If it is illegal to hire an illegal immigrant then it should be illegal to provide housing, releif, education, etc. 2yr ago from a Republican in Carlsbad, TX.
No, however they should be able to apply for financial assistance and scholarships the same way out-of-state/foreign students can. If they wish to become US citizens the Immigration department should fast-track their applications so once they become a citizen they can adopt In-State Tuitions. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Garden City, ID.
If they can confirm that they are applying for citizenship, then, AND ONLY THEN, should they be allowed to attend the college. It should be the In-State Tuition rate. If I have to pay it, they should have to pay it. If they want to be American and be treated as such, they should get the same rights as I do. They should not get special treatment, such as reduced rates. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Olive Hill, KY.
Children born and raised in America should have the barriers removed for higher education. It's a net gain for America's future. Other should be evaluated by institutions based on a matrix. Again a net gain of the best and brightest who see themselves has American. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Carrollton, MI.
Yes, but only if they were born here or graduated from high school here. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Denton, TX.
Yes, if they are applying for college in the state where they live, and depending on their age, are working and paying taxes. They ( and their families) should be able to apply for grants and financial scholarships. 2yr ago from a Green in Kenmore, WA.
All enticements to stay should be definitively removed. A legal method to employ temporary workers should be created immediately, allowing them some benefits commensurate to the money they pay in taxes, but without major benefits that the citizens have paid for. 2yr ago from a Republican in Addison, TX.
See above: illegal immigrants should be given the option: pay taxes and become a citizen to receive benefits, or continue as an illegal citizen with no benefits. If they choose not to pursue citizenship, they should be denied In-State Tuition and scholarships. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Hillsboro, OR.
They should only be allowed to enroll if they are currently in the process of obtaining citizenship. 2yr ago from a Republican in Beech Grove, IN.
Illegals should not be allowed to enter college or university until they have gained legal status. 2yr ago from a Republican in Fort Smith, AR.
This is a non-issue. ILLEGAL immigrants shouldn't be able to enroll in public colleges. Private ones do what they want. Public is another story. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Virginia Beach, VA.
Perhaps Mexico would allow American land grants for every illegal. If we are going to support them, we require extended borders and extended rule of law. 2yr ago from a Republican in Redmond, WA.
If they are illegal, they should not be allowed to enroll in any state funded school...period. 2yr ago from a Republican in Knoxville, TN.
Illegal immigrants should not be allowed to register for college at all. 2yr ago from a Republican in Kansas City, MO.
Offer good roads to citizenship , good, not cheap or easy. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Abbeville, AL.
If they are here with their parents that are working then yes they should pay the same rate. 2yr ago from a Republican in Altoona, IA.
No out of state tuition No financial assistance or scholarships unless privately funded through donations not taxes. 2yr ago from a Republican in Bowling Green, KY.
Should not be allowed in colleges in the first place. Should have to return to the country they are legal citizen of and apply to college of choice from there and pay out of state tuition. 2yr ago from a Republican in Elgin, OK.
Yes, as long as they pay taxes, but do not grant financial assistance and scholarships. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Lincoln, NE.
Yes, as long as they or their parents in the case of 18-22 year olds pay taxes and as long as U.S. citizens in that state receive the same benefits. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Loughman, FL.
If illegal, then either become a citizen and pay in state tuition or return home. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Metairie, LA.
They should pay the same as out-of-state students but be given more opportunities for financial assistance and scholarships. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Evanston, IL.
For a Workers party. For a workers' government. For free education for all. Expropriate the private colleges and universities. For free & open admissions to all with state stipend. 2yr ago from a Green in Saint Petersburg, FL.
Yes, reluctantly. There should be proof that they and their parents are paying taxes, that they are applying for legal citizenship. Applying to college is a major step in self-sufficiency and should be encouraged. 2yr ago from a Republican in Fort Collins, CO.
Either eliminate out of state higher tuition rates or apply it to illegal immigrants with the same criterion for in state residency as any other out of state citizen. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Signal Hill, CA.
If we are not going to deport them let's let them get educated so let them pay in-state rates if their parents will learn and be tested on the English language. 2yr ago from a Republican in Pflugerville, TX.
If they broke the law to get here, they shouldn't even be able to get accepted into a school here. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Pekin, IL.
No, they should only pay In-State Tuition once they have become a U.S. citizen. 2yr ago from a Republican in Bedford, TX.
Illegal immigrants should never be allowed in ANY part of the education system, schools or colleges. 2yr ago from a Republican in Sargent, GA.
If they pay the same taxesthat we do, they should get the same rights and limits on rights. They need to satisfy the residency laws like the rest of us to qualify as a resident of a particular state. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Evansville, IN.
Until the United States adopts a humanitarian immigration policy, which includes making legal immigration easier, no questions regarding immigration can be answered. 2yr ago from a Green in Meriden, KS.
No, and illegal immigrants should be imprisoned at hard labor before being deported. 2yr ago from a Libertarian in Middle Island, NY.
No, they should not receive ANY college funding without legal citizenship. 2yr ago from a Republican in Aurora, CO.
No, they should never be accepted into our schools in the first place. 2yr ago from a Republican in Phoenix, AZ.
Yes, and grant financial assistance and scholarships if they pay taxes. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Doylestown, PA.