By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
There are at least 16 states that allow for eligible undocumented youth to pay in-state tuition fees (NILC 2013).
To give you an idea of what difference in-state tuition bills such as Assembly Bill 540 in California make-
At California State University of San Marcos (where I completed my undergraduate), without AB 540, undocumented students would have to pay at least $14,400 (based on a load of 15 units/school year) as opposed to $7,064. This difference would make higher education for undocumented students even less accessible.
For undocu/DACAmented students in Florida, access to in-state tuition fees vary by University. It is important to continue organizing and urging states to take action to better serve undocumented students. Read this informative and insightful post by Juan, a fellow undocublogger, where he outlines the views and actions of Florida’s public universities in regards to granting undocumented students the ability to pay in-state tuition fees:
“Florida International University: FIU was the first university in the state of Florida to declare its support for in-state for undocumented students. The University has even opened up channels that allow DACA eligible students to pay in-state tuition via a tuition waiver. FIU presses that legislation is not needed to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, as state law already permits it. It remains the only university in Florida to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students.”
Read the full post here: “Where do Florida’s public universities stand on the in-state tuition for undocumented debate?”