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State Laws & Policies
Maps: 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 fifteen states have laws allowing students who meet specific requirements, regardless of their status, to pay in-state tuition rates at public postsecondary institutions: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, 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 Wisconsin’s law, enacted in 2009, was repealed in 2011.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 also adopted a policy permitting eligible students to pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of their status. The University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents adopted a similar policy. Laws in three states — California, New Mexico, and Texas — provide access to state financial aid to students who meet certain criteria, regardless of their status. California, the University of Hawaii, Illinois, and Minnesota offer access to privately funded assistance for these students.
(Updated June 2013)