In the News: Va. bill offers in-state tuition to undocumented students

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By Kathy Adams
The Virginian-Pilot | © 

A proposal by Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, would make college more affordable for Pinto and other undocumented students by allowing them to pay in-state tuition prices. Similar efforts have failed in past legislative sessions, but proponents said they think it has a better chance this time year, citing success in states like Maryland.

Under HB1934, undocumented students who have lived in Virginia for at least three years and graduated from a Virginia high school would qualify for in-state tuition. They would have to provide proof they’ve applied for legal residency and that their parents or guardians have paid income taxes here.

“We’re talking about really a minimal number of students,” Lopez said during a press conference Tuesday. “But this opportunity means so very, very much.”

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