Around the nation: Should undocumented students pay in-state tuition?
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- Georgia: The University System of Georgia's chancellor, Hank Huckaby, plans to recommend merging Georgia State University (GSU) and Georgia Perimeter College during today's Board of Regents meeting. The merger would be unusual because the institutions currently have different missions: GSU is a four-year research institution, but Georgia Perimeter is a community college. The newly formed institution would be the largest in the state, enrolling approximately 54,000 students. The proposed merger is part of Huckaby's long-term plan to consolidate institutions to alleviate state budget pressure (Davis, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1/5).
- Illinois: Trustees at the University of Illinois are considering a proposal to freeze tuition for in-state students next fall. If approved, it would be the first time that tuition did not rise in over two decades. Officials say they hope to encourage higher enrollment and better attendance rates from in-state residents after record lows in both measures last year. The university's board is expected to vote on the measure January 15 (Cohen, Chicago Tribune, 1/5).
- Virginia: State legislators are preparing for a battle over whether the state's undocumented students brought to the U.S. as children should pay in-state tuition. Last April, Mark Herring, Virginia's attorney general, announced that in-state tuition is an option for students fitting that definition and granted temporary legal status under a 2012 presidential initiative. However, two other state lawmakers have filed bills to the state legislature seeking to block the directive and explicitly bar such students from receiving in-state tuition. The law affects about 9,000 students holding the relevant legal status. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the measure during the 2015 legislative session (Weiner, Washington Post/The Roanoke Times, 1/2).
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