NH House Passes Bill To Allow In-State Tuition For Illegal Residents

January 22, 2014 5:37 PM
NH House Passes Bill To Allow In-State Tuition For Illegal Residents
" CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — University System of New Hampshire college students who entered the U.S. illegally would get in-state tuition if they met certain requirements under a bill passed Wednesday by the House.

The House voted 188-155 to pass the bill, which treats the immigrants like residents. The Senate next takes up the bill.

The students would have to be a graduate of a high school in the state or have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate. They would have had to attend a state high school for at least three years and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.

The students also would be required to apply for legal residency if they have not already done so and file a copy with the university system.

Supporters argued many of the students are brought into the country as children, are raised as Americans and don’t realize they don’t qualify for privileges such as in-state tuition until they are teenagers.

“If we deny in-state tuition to a child brought here (while) young, we are punishing that child for the sins of his parents,” argued Rep. Andrew Schmidt, a Grantham Democrat "

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