Beyond UC: Who qualifies for in-state tuition?

On Monday, the California Supreme Court upheld a state law that allows some illegal immigrants to pay an in-state tuition rate for public higher education institutions.

The suit that challenged the California law which allows this was brought by out-of-state students who said that this law discriminated against them.  Out-of-state students tend to pay $11,160-23,000 more than the in-state rate.  Illegal immigrants also pay more to attend public colleges than the average California student.

In order to amend this problem, Congressional Democrats have repeatedly tried to pass the Dream Act “that would provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants and would explicitly allow states to offer them an in-state tuition benefit” but have so far been unsuccessful.

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