Arizona Board Of Regents Rejects Tuition Proposal

November 22, 2013

A proposal to give a university tuition discount to some immigrant students in the United States illegally has been rejected by the Arizona Board of Regents. The board nixed a proposal from Regent Dennis DeConcini, with other regents saying it would not survive a legal challenge.

Arizona law requires students who are not in the U.S. legally to pay out-of-state tuition rates, which are much higher than in-state rates. The law also denies state-funded financial aid to undocumented students.

DeConcini’s proposal would have created a new tuition rate of 110 percent of the in-state rate, for "DREAMers" who are in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.

The Maricopa Community College District is being sued by state Attorney General Tom Horne for allowing those in the DACA program to pay in-state tuition.

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