“Dreamers” Win Right to Pay In-State Tuition in Georgia

ACADEME BLOG

In an article for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jeremy Redmon reports on a judicial decision that “Dreamers” should pay in-state tuition while attending public colleges and universities in Georgia:

Georgia residents who have received a special reprieve from deportation from the Obama administration may begin paying in-state tuition here under a state court ruling released Tuesday.

At issue is the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which grants work permits and temporary deportation deferrals to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children without authorization. Ten DACA recipients living in Georgia sued the Board of Regents in the Fulton County Superior Court for the ability to pay in-state tuition, which is about three times less expensive than Georgia’s out-of-state rates.

A 2008 state law says noncitizens cannot pay the in-state rates unless they are “legally in this state.” And a Board of Regents tuition…

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