The Oklahoma Senate has passed legislation preventing illegal aliens from receiving in-state tuition, state-funded scholarships, or state-backed financial aid. The legislation, SB 683, passed by a vote of 32-13 and now moves to the House for a vote.

In 2008, Oklahoma passed a bill that awarded in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens if they attended an Oklahoma high school for at least 2 years and graduated. The illegal aliens must also complete an affidavit stating that they'll apply for U.S. citizenship. If SB 683 is signed into law, it will reverse the 2008 law.

There are 10 other states that currently offer in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens even though federal law prohibits it. The Illegal Immigration Control and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 prohibits any state from providing an in-state tuition benefit to illegal aliens if they don't offer the same benefit to U.S. citizens residing in other states.

View a map of states that offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens.


Updated: Fri, Mar 18th 2011 @ 7:36am EDT