University of Virginia
University of Virginia


The U.S. College Board has stayed out of the debate about in-state tuition for illegal aliens, until now. The Board, which consists of 5,000 colleges and universities, is urging Congress to allow states to offer in-state rates to illegal aliens and provide a path to citizenship.

Four states have passed legislation prohibiting illegal aliens from obtaining the lower rates, and most states follow federal law that stipulates that states cannot offer lower rates to illegal aliens than they offer to out-of-state students.

The DREAM Act, which offers amnesty to illegal aliens brought into the country by their parents and who graduated from U.S. high schools, has been proposed in both the House and Senate.

"This is a new area for us, but it was an easy call," said Thomas W. Rudin, a senior vice president for the College Board.

According to an Associated Press report, the College Board found that about 360,000 illegal aliens could qualify for the tuition aid with another 715,000 between the ages of 5-17 that could also benefit if they finish high school. They also state that states that offer tuition aid to illegal aliens saw an increase in college revenues.

For more on this story, see and check out our map of states that have in-state tuition laws already on the books.
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Updated: Tue, Apr 21st 2009 @ 4:37pm EDT