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Caride Introduces Measure to Ensure State Tuition Aid for US-Born Students Despite Parents' Immigration Status
(TRENTON) - Assemblywoman Marlene Caride has introduced legislation that would allow college bound students who were born in the United States and are New Jersey residents to apply for state tuition assistance they would otherwise be ineligible for because of their parents' immigration status.
"With this bill, we hope to address the difficult and unfair situation faced by students who were born in the United States and are New Jersey residents, but don't qualify for state student tuition assistance programs or the in-state undergraduate tuition rate upon enrollment in a public institution of higher education due to their parents immigration status," said Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic). "College is terribly expensive. We should be looking for ways to make it more affordable for our students, not costlier."
The inability to qualify is due to the fact that the student is considered a dependent student because he or she is under 24 years of age, and eligibility for state student assistance or the in-state tuition rate for dependent students is determined by the domicile status of their parents.
The parents of these students are unable to establish domicile in New Jersey either because they do not have legal status in this country or they entered the country on a nonimmigrant visa.
The bill (A-3162), named the "Higher Education Citizenship Equality Act", provides that a dependent student will be domiciled in the state for the purposes of determining eligibility for a state student loan, grant, or scholarship and eligibility for the in-state undergraduate tuition rate if the student:
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