After much debate, the California Supreme Court has ruled that undocumented immigrants will still be eligible for in-state tuition in the state’s colleges and universities.
The ruling stated that a California law that guarantees lower tuition for undocumented immigrants who attend a California high school for a minimum of three years and graduate does not conflict with the federal law that gives unauthorized immigrants educational benefits based on residency.
A group opposed to undocumented immigration says it challenged the California law on behalf of U.S. citizens that have to pay higher tuition as out-of state students. The group had won their case in a lower, but today, they lost in the state appeal.
Students in college and in the country illegally are still not allowed participation in financial-aid programs.
The court’s ruling also said that the state law also benefits U.S. citizens who live in other states but attend and graduate from a high school in California.