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Equity & Diversity

Mass. May Revisit In-State Tuition Rate for Undocumented Students

By Mary Ann Zehr — November 16, 2009 1 min read

Some Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing for the state to permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at public universities, according to an Associated Press article. It says Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, supports a bill that would provide in-state tuition rates to students living illegally in the country. The former governor, Mitt Romney, a Republican, opposed the idea.

The article says that 10 states—California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin—permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates.

I’ve noticed how the undocumented students have become increasingly organized in pressing legislators both at the state and national levels to address their concerns. The article notes that they’ve been active in lobbying state lawmakers in Massachusetts.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.