Tuesday, July 08, 2008

States are tightening requirements, barring illegal aliens from public colleges

States are making it harder for illegal immigrants to attend college, denying in-state tuition benefits or banning undocumented students. In the past two years, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia and Oklahoma have refused in-state tuition benefits to students who entered the USA illegally with their parents but grew up and went to school in the state.

South Carolina this year became the first state to bar undocumented students from all public colleges and universities. North Carolina's community colleges in May ordered its 58 campuses to stop enrolling undocumented students after the state attorney general said admitting them may violate federal law.

Georgia, which barred undocumented students from in-state tuition rates in 2006, enacted laws in May preventing them from receiving state scholarships and certain student loans.

The University of Arkansas this fall will require students to submit Social Security numbers and proof of residency. Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Jim Purcell warned that students without documentation 'will not be considered as legally enrolled students' when determining an institution's state funding.

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