Eye on Education

Non-Citizen, Legal Resident Students Push For In-State Tuition

Some Ohio teenagers and young adults who came to this country as children but are not U.S. citizens are asking the Ohio Board of Regents to allow them to pay in-state tuition at Ohio colleges and universities.

The students are in the country under a provision of the DREAM Act known as deferred action for childhood arrivals, or DACA. The provision allows people who arrived in the U.S.before the age of 16 and meet other conditions to legally work and stay in the country without fear of deportation.

But most must pay out-of-state tuition at Ohio colleges and universities. About a thousand people have signed petitions asking the Board of Regents to allow DACA students to pay in-state tuition, Ohio Public Radio reports.

Maria Sanchez finds herself in this situation.

Sanchez: “It’s really expensive and it’s three times more than what any citizen would pay, and I don’t qualify for any financial aid or any financial support so that’s why it’s really hard to get into school right now. I’ve been taking online classes but I’m taking one class at a time and that’s the only thing I can actually afford to pay.”

Read more at: www.ideastream.org

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