Last week, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) announced that some immigrants living in the US illegally who were brought to the state as children can qualify for in-state tuition rates under existing law.
Herring made the announcement at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus to a room of Latino students, immigration activists and education officials.
“We should welcome these smart, talented, hard-working young people into our economy and society rather than putting a stop sign at the end of 12th grade,” Herring said.
Herring’s move builds on Obama’s decision to allow thousands of immigrants to remain in the country. Virginia students who are lawfully in the country qualify for in-state tuition rates under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Herring’s decision instantly made college more affordable for more than 8,000 young immigrants. For affected students, securing in-state tuition rates would remove a substantial financial burden for many families. At the University of Virgnia, tuition for in-state resident students is $12,998. Out-of-state costs more than triple the in-state costs, coming in at $42,184.
More details on Herring’s ‘dreamers’ plan is available at the Washington Post.