College students without papers

On Spotlight:  North Carolina opened the community college doors to undocumented students willing to pay out-of-state tuition; then the system president slammed the doors shut again.  More policy changes are likely.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    At least they made them pay out of state tuition. Nine states however offer in-state tuition. Think about this. If you a U.S. citizen from another state you must pay out of state tuition. If you are a citizen of another country you get to pay in-state tuition. Does anyone think that this is wrong?

    The 9 states which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants are California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington. New Jersey is now reviewing whether to offer in-state tuition, while California is considering whether to allow immigrants to compete for financial aid.

    Although California is practically bankrupt they are thinking about given illegal aliens financial aid. Are they insane? Not to be outdone, the College Board wants the Federal Government to force all states to charge illegal aliens in-state tuition rates and give them financial aid.

    The College Board, made up of 5,000 schools and best known for its SAT college admission tests, released a report Tuesday that cites a need for federal legislation that would open up in-state college tuition, financial aid and legal status to many illegal immigrants in the United States.

  2. Hmmm. After reading Paul Cuadros’s book, A Home on the Field, my attitude changed. He wrote about student athletes, some undocumented, who attended North Carolina schools for 12 years only to find themselves left out of the state college system. After reading about these boys, I found myself saying “Why shouldn’t they be able to go to college? They spent 12 years in NC public schools, earned excellent marks, and participated in the school community. They have earned the right. They have proven the “American” spirit.”

  3. I have a friend who works with immigrant students at our county high schools. These students did not choose to come to the US–their parents brought them over when they were little. She says it’s difficult to convince even the brightest students that it’s worth their while to stay in school. Even if they graduate summa cum laud from high school, they’re shut of the public community college and university system. From their 17-year-old perspective, what’s the incentive to stay in school when they could drop out and start earning money right away?

  4. Mark Roulo says:

    “Even if they graduate summa cum laud from high school, they’re shut of the public community college and university system.”

    I do not know enough about these kids’ financial situation or the university system in Mexico. For the Mexican kids, can they not attend the National Autonomous University of Mexico?

    -Mark Roulo

  5. Financial Aid is much needed these days because of global economic recession.`.;