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Wednesday May 1, 2013

North Carolina Immigrants Press for In-State College Tuition

North Carolina Immigrants Press for In-State College Tuition

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Pro-immigrant groups in North Carolina stepped up their pressure Tuesday on state legislators to approve a bill that would allow undocumented students to pay resident tuition at public universities and community colleges.

The organizations mostly addressed the 10 members of the lower house’s Education Committee which is currently debating HB 904.

The bill stipulates that undocumented students who have graduated from high school and have lived in North Carolina for at least two years will pay tuition at the rate of residents.

Undocumented students currently pay more than double for their classes because they are considered foreigners.

The campaign “Let’s Learn NC,” composed of a coalition of state organizations, has been coordinating their efforts since February in seeking the support of lawmakers for HB 904.

If HB 904 is passed, North Carolina will join states like Maryland, Rhode Island, Oregon and Colorado that have recently started allowing undocumented students to pay the same college tuition as residents.