A private college in Arizona is charging students a fee to fund a scholarship for illegal immigrants.
Prescott College is tacking a $30 annual fee onto its $28,000 annual tuition to establish an annual scholarship for “undocumented” students, as part of a policy first proposed by students and faculty from the undergraduate and Social Justice and Human Rights Master of Arts divisions.
Students can opt out of paying the fee, but if they do nothing it will be automatically imposed. Supporters say it helps reverse what they call Arizona’s reputation as a “national example of discriminatory politics.”
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Making legal residents enrolled at the school pay for illegal immigrants’ education is a slap in the face to a generation already facing its post-college years saddled with enormous debt, said Andrew Kloster, legal Fellow for the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at Heritage Foundation.[/pullquote]
The majority of students attending the private university actually have supported the program. “I am proud that our students take on the role of scholar activists,” said school President John Flicker, adding that the university is committed to “broaden access to higher education for a diverse group of students” and “mobilize its resources towards social justice.”
An estimated $15,000 will be raised every year through the new student fee. The first full-ride scholarship will be given out this upcoming academic year. College officials say they hope to raise additional funds to support more scholarships.
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