Migrants to get Maricopa colleges tuition break

Migrants to get Maricopa colleges tuition break

CREATED Sep. 13, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - Illegal immigrants who get work permits through President Barack Obama's deferred-action program will be eligible for in-state tuition at Maricopa Community Colleges.
College officials told The Arizona Republic that immigrants will be able to use their permits to prove they're legally living in Arizona. College spokesman Tom Gariepy says federally issued work permits are already on Arizona's list of documents that prove legal residency and qualify holders for lower in-state tuition rates.
The decision was made after a legal review and goes against the wishes of Gov. Jan Brewer, who has said those granted deferred action won't be eligible for any state benefits.
The Arizona Board of Regents is still reviewing state law to see if it will grant in-state tuition as well.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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