74 Undocumented Students Get In-State Tuition In RI; Advocates Push For State Law
"A year after undocumented students who attended high school in Rhode Island became eligible to pay in-state tuition rates, 74 of them have enrolled at the state’s three public colleges, well below the figure advocates estimated would take advantage of the policy," WPRI.com reports. "All told, 71 undocumented students signed up for classes at the Community College of Rhode Island, two enrolled at the University of Rhode Island and one is attending Rhode Island College, according to a WPRI.com review of data provided by the state Office of Higher Education. Those numbers account for little more than half of the original enrollment figures projected when the since-abolished R.I. Board of Governors for Higher Education approved the controversial policy in late 2011, but also dispel the criticism that undocumented students would take seats that would otherwise be reserved for legal residents. ... Under Rhode Island’s policy, undocumented students who attended a high school in the state for at least three years and graduated or earned an equivalent diploma are eligible to pay in-state tuition. The students must also sign a waiver committing to seek legal status as soon as they become eligible. At all three of the state’s public colleges, in-state tuition costs less than half of the amount the schools charge out-of-state students."
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