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States differ on illegal immigrants at community colleges

Posted March 19, 2009

— Policies on allowing illegal immigrants to attend community colleges vary widely nationwide, a consultant told the board of the North Carolina Community College System on Thursday.

Maryland-based JBL & Associates surveyed policies in 11 states as part of the North Carolina system's effort to develop its own policy on the immigration issue.

The system's board in August affirmed its ban on allowing illegal immigrants to enroll, reversing a policy adopted in late 2007. The move came despite assurances from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that there was no federal regulation prohibiting illegal immigrants from enrolling.

California, Illinois, New Mexico, New York and Texas allow illegal immigrants to enroll in their community college systems at in-state student rates. Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Virginia charge the immigrants out-of-state tuition, according to the consultant.

South Carolina prohibits illegal immigrants from enrolling, the consultant said.

Because out-of-state tuition more than covers the cost of educating a student, a state could make money by allowing illegal immigrants to enroll at the higher rate, the consultant said.

No recommendations were made, and the board expects to receive the full report in April.


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  • roncorey1 Mar 26, 2009

    I have no problem with illegals paying out-of-state tuition! It is a boost for the state community college fund. Do the math people!! Not one NC citizen will be turned away in lieu of an illegal and in the end the state makes out. The laws have never mattered to NC when it comes to illegals anyway so whay not just make thenm pay 3 times as much for state services; it's the only way they contribute to state revenue anyway!!

  • ignc73 Mar 20, 2009

    "Last I heard Illegal meant illegal! Why is this even an issue???"

    Because life isn't that simple.

  • ignc73 Mar 20, 2009

    "Notice how many are driving on the highway at any time. "

    You can SEE illegal immigrants as they drive on highways? Really? That's one HECK of a skill. Maybe you should work for INS since you possess such a unique skill.

  • ibbott41 Mar 20, 2009

    I agree with you 100% Good post

  • woodkay Mar 20, 2009

    To answer your comment, they would end up not paying for tuition, they would get the grants and scholarships instead of the legal students and we would end up paying!!!

    "Yes, let them go to college here. They will pay out-of-state tuition that more than covers their cost to go to school. Education will be the way for these immigrants to assimilate quicker."

  • woodkay Mar 20, 2009

    Geez - Last I heard Illegal meant illegal! Why is this even an issue???

  • donnied1952 Mar 20, 2009

    Eeeee, if you think 12 or 20 million is the correct number, you have no idea. That may be the number that the government wants you to believe but just look around you.
    30Million is a very conservative number. Notice how many are driving on the highway at any time. And I also want you to remember that most of them do not have a driver's license, no insurance and are using the roads that your taxes helped to pay for. they are on their way to pick up their children from the after school program that you paid for that is in the school building that you helped pay for and will most likely have a wonderful dinner with the food from the food stamps you paid for. so you just go around with your little head up in the clouds and have a wonderful day.

  • Ouaouaron Mar 20, 2009

    I think I've got it. This works for rounding up parole violators, so this could work - with an additional twist:

    1. Advertise that illegals get in-state tuition.
    2. Register everyone for class. Do the usual ID checks, etc.
    3. Here's one of the good parts: take their money.
    4. Wait for the checks to clear.
    5. Turn the illegals over to ICE, the rest who enrolled get their class.

    The tuition should be able to pay for the bus ride to the federal facility.

  • rick_slick Mar 20, 2009

    I just don't understand how an illegal undocumented person can be allowed access to the "system". I've worked overseas a couple of times and each time my RTP employer had to fill out all the paper work and pay for a visa/work-permit, I had to attend interviews with Customs/Immigration, I was asked for my papers at every airport and I was required to keep proof of my permit status with me at all times. I was required to show my permit for access to housing, doctor/dentist, "DMV", and services (electric/gas/postal). If we don't have a border we don't have a country - end of story.

  • artist Mar 20, 2009


    "Illegals account for about half of the overall growth in the immigrant population.

    The 1.5 million immigrants arriving each year have a very significant effect on many areas of American life. Immigrants and their young children (under 18) now account for one-fifth of school age population, one-fourth of those in poverty, and nearly one-third of those without health insurance, creating enormous challenges for the nation's schools, health care system, and physical infrastructure. The low educational attainment of many immigrants, 31 percent of whom have not completed high school, is the primary reason so many live in poverty, use welfare programs, or lack health insurance, not their legal status or an unwillingness to work."

    Thus, just taking on the educational needs of Legal Immigrants is overwhelming... and trying to add Illegals to this task is impossible. And I dare say that many, if not most illegals, would rely on some sort of taxpayer assistance to enroll.