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In-state tuition for illegals bill advances in Richmond

Children of undocumented immigrants could receive in-state college tuition in Virginia the Tuition Equity Act HB 747 has been filed in Richmond for the eighth time in as many years.

The alien would need to:
• Attend a Virginia high school for at least three years;
• Graduated from a Virginia school or received a GED;
• Entered as a student in a public institution of higher education;
• Be approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and
• At least one parent or guardian has filed Virginia income tax returns for at least three years prior to the date of enrollment.

A similar bill introduce by Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), HB 88, was tabled by the House Education Committee’s Higher Education Subcommittee Jan. 28.

HB 747 was introduced by Del. Tom Rust (R-Herndon). The proposal was sent to the Appropriations Committee Jan. 29. A hearing date has not been scheduled and there is no companion legislation in the state Senate.