More than 900,000 young individuals nationwide who came to the United States before the age of 16 have been granted reprieve from deportation, and granted work authorization, under the Obama administration program from 2012.
Florida, Texas, New York, and California are a few among at least 20 of the states that offer tuition equity to students regardless of their legal status, according to a Law Center tally. Other states that provide in-state tuition to students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status include Ohio, Virginia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Missouri and Arizona are pushing back against the tide of states that are making college more affordable for undocumented individuals.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich appealed a May court ruling that had allowed the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the nation’s largest, to charge in-state tuition to students with DACA status. The Arizona Board of Regents announced that it too would allow DACA students who established residency to pay in-state tuition.
In Missouri, it is required that recipients of the state’s A+ Scholarship program be citizens. This bill passed soon after the body that oversees the scholarship extended eligibility to include DACA students.
Missouri’s latest budget also includes language barring colleges and universities that receive public funds from charging DACA students anything less than out-of-state tuition rates.
Private schools and foundations are looking for a way to make it more difficult in higher-education funding for students with questionable legal standing such as DACA recipients.