A bill being considered in Indiana would allow non-legal residents of the U.S. to become eligible for in-state college tuition rates, Chalkbeat reports.
The bipartisan bill was authored by Republican Sens. Blake Doriot and Linda Rogers along with Democrat Sen. David Niezgodski. The support from Republicans Doriot and Rogers may help the bill pass the state legislature, which has a GOP supermajority in both chambers and a Republican governor.
Doriot told Chalkbeat that the cost of higher education without in-state tuition rates is prohibitive for many non-legal residents of the state, some of whom have lived there for most of their lives. One legislator noted that out-of-state students at Purdue University, for example, costs about $28,800 per year compared to about $10,000 per year for in-state students.
"This problem has come to us … not from what the state of Indiana has done, but what the federal government has failed to do. We haven't been able to get together and find a clean pathway to citizenship," Doriot said. "And we are addressing children, young adults, who want to further themselves and they're here, and they can't go home."
Niezgodski said, "The bottom line is, this is just the right thing to do."
Rachel Santos, the director of education policy at the Indiana Latino Institute, said, "This is not a handout. This is asking for a fair chance at earning an education."
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