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Young immigrants in Arizona want in-state tuition

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Young immigrants who are protected from deportation under a federal programme say they deserve to pay in-state tuition rates at Arizona universities.

The Arizona Board of Regents will consider a proposal to reduce tuition to 150 per cent of in-state tuition for people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme. DACA recipients and other immigrants who lack legal status pay out-of-state rates, which are nearly three times as much as the in-state cost.

Voters, in 2006, approved Proposition 300, banning students who lack legal immigration status from paying in-state tuition and from receiving any state financial aid regardless of whether they attended an Arizona high school. In-state tuition and fees are more than $10,000 annually.

But students in Tucson and Phoenix said the 150 per cent rate doesn't go far enough and many still wouldn't be able to afford the estimated $15,000 or more annually in tuition and fees. Regents plan to review the proposal at a meeting next week.