Oregon Approves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

Oregon Approves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

March 26, 2013

After a decade-long effort, state lawmakers in Oregon passed legislation granting in-state tuition rates to undocumented students, reports The Oregonian.

The approved measure grants in-state tuition for undocumented students who attended school in the United States for at least five years; studied at an Oregon high school for at least three years, and graduated; and sign an affidavit claiming they plan to apply for legal status once eligible. 

"It simply gives a path, a path for the American Dream, a path for a better job, a path to become a taxpayer and to contribute to our society," said Senate President Peter Courtney, who first introduced a tuition equity bill in 2003. Previous efforts to advance the legislation failed to gain approval from state House of Representatives. This year, the bill originated in the House and representatives passed it in February.

Oregon senators approved the House measure last week. Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign the bill into law early next month.


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