More than 100 Undocumented Students Benefit From In State Tuition Law

Connecticut Among 12 States with In State Tuition Law

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More than 100 Undocumented Students Benefit From In State Tuition Law

It's been several months since a new law went into effect allowing illegal immigrants to pay the in state tuition rate at public colleges and universities in Connecticut.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, more than one hundred undocumented students have signed affadavits to qualify for the rate this semester.

Before the in state tuition law, any undocumented student who wanted to attend University of Connecticut, a community college or a state university, was charged the out of state tuition rate. That meant an illegal immigrant paid almost double the tuition a Connecticut resident paid even though the immigrant had lived here much of his life.

That inequity is what encouraged supporters of the in state bill to lobby legislators starting in 2007. Their efforts were finally successful when newly elected Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy signed it into law this past summer.

Since that time, one hundred thirty-eight illegal immigrants are studying at a state university or community college.

State Representative Juan Candelaria of New Haven was one of the bill's sponsors.

"I'm actually surprised that it's 138, actually, I thought is was going to be a lot less."

Twelve undocumented students are enrolled at UConn. Sixteen are studying within the Connecticut state university system, many are at Southern. But most of the undocumented students are enrolled at community colleges, a total of one hundred and ten. Thirty-one are taking classes at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Opponents say the law takes seats away from students living in Connecticut legally. But Candelaria disagrees.

"These are kids that were raised in Connecticut,  they don't know their home country. For them home is United States, for them home is Connecticut.  It's based on their academic performance not based on their residency."

Candelaria says they're also paying out of pocket for their education and are not benefitting from scholarships or education grants.

Connecticut is among twelve states with an in state tuition law.

For WNPR, I'm Lucy Nalpathanchil

   


  

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This move will finally

This move will finally relieve students from the financial pressure they have been facing regarding tuition fees. In education sector there should not be any kind of discrimination. The same thing could be said about jobs. While employing equal opportunity should be given to all candidates; however as an employer you should go for Criminal Checks before you hire a new employee.

Money

What a waste of money; funding illegals at taxpayer expense. Send them back to where they belong.

So, they're not taking slots

So, they're not taking slots from other 'legal' citizens of CT? How's that? Rubbish. What will they do when they graduate and can't get a job because they're illegal?