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New Jersey Senate panel OK's tuition bill for those in US illegally

Published On: Jun 27 2013 12:41:55 PM EDT

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A New Jersey Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow those who are in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.

The measure, however, remains stalled in the Assembly, and it may not go before a budget panel until late August.

The Senate Higher Education committee approved the measure Thursday after hearing testimony from immigrants who struggled to pay for school at the out-of-state rate.


To be eligible, a student must have attended a New Jersey public high school for at least three years and have a diploma or the equivalent. They also must submit an affidavit stating they have filed or will file an application to legalize their immigration status as soon as they are eligible.