Education, From The Capitol To The Classroom

Bills Would Allow In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) says Senate Bill 319 would help with a priority of the Republican supermajority: to better prepare students for jobs.

“This is a way to increase a number of people with degrees in our state. They are paying tuition, they are just not paying out of state tuition rates,” he says of the families of undocumented students. “They are enrolling in state colleges and universities ‒ and that is something I would think we would want to encourage.”

Two bills filed in the Indiana General Assembly would give different ways for immigrants who graduate from an Indiana high school to be eligible for in-state tuition. Since 2011 Indiana makes immigrant students who cannot prove state residency pay the more expensive out-of-state tuition rate. It is one of three states with this requirement.

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