The Arizona Board of Regents votes unanimously to lower college tuition prices for illegal immigrants who graduate from Arizona high schools. Their goal is to increase the number of people prepared to enter the workforce by 2030.
Undocumented students who are Arizona high school graduates are now eligible for a lower tuition rate than they’re currently paying at state universities, effective immediately.
The Arizona Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to extend a tuition rate that’s 150% of in-state tuition to illegal students. The rate was first created for students who had legal status in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Before the change, illegal students had to pay about $30,000, the out-of-state tuition rate, at Arizona’s three state universities. Now, illegal students will pay about $16,000, more than the in-state rate of about $11,000, but considerably less than out-of-state.
John Arnold, executive director of the Arizona Board of Regents, told the board the policy is intended to make clear that all students who graduate from an Arizona high school and meet the rate’s requirements are eligible for the rate, regardless of their immigration status.
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