College elusive for some immigrants under new law - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

College elusive for some immigrants under new law


Many students whose parents entered the United States illegally are finding higher education harder to afford under an Indiana law that requires those without proof of citizenship to pay out-of-state tuition rates.

A law that took effect July 1, 2011, left non-citizens enrolled in college with few options. They could either pay out-of state tuition or drop out and wait for immigration reform to pass or apply for a work permit under a federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

The Kokomo Tribune reports a bill passed this year will help about 300 students who were enrolled on or before July 1, 2011, pay in-state tuition rates.

Sen. Jean Leising sponsored the bill and says she thought it was fair to grandfather in those students already enrolled.

Information from: Kokomo Tribune 

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