Georgia Supreme Court upholds policy, rejects appeal by illegal students.
From THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION | Feb. 1, 2016 | by Maureen Downey:
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] In a ruling today by the Supreme Court of Georgia, college students who are not U.S. citizens have lost their appeal of a Georgia Court of Appeals decision upholding the dismissal of their lawsuit by a Fulton County judge. The students were asking the high court to rule that they are entitled to cheaper in-state tuition at Georgia’s colleges and universities.
According to the facts of the case, in 2010, the state Board of Regents amended its policy manual to require that all students who wish to attend any institution in the University System of Georgia be “lawfully present” in the United States. The policy manual also required that for any non-citizen student to receive in-state tuition, the student had to be “legally in this state.” [/pullquote]
Five states – Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and South Carolina – also do not allow in-state tuition to illegal immigrant students. Twenty states DO give in-state tuition to illegals.
However, in-state tuition is NOT permitted for out-of-state students who are US citizens.
Illegal students in Georgia are now planning to file individual lawsuits against every member of the Georgia Board of Regents.
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