TUCSON — Pima Community College is reducing tuition for Pima County residents enrolled in a new federal program for illegal immigrants brought to the United States at a young age.
The college board’s 4-1 vote Wednesday night provides resident tuition rates to students in the program, with the change expected to start next fall.
Without the change, those students would continue paying higher non-resident tuition rates.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the change reduces the cost for a full-time college education from over $9,000 a year to about $2,000 annually.
The Maricopa County Community College District previously approved a similar tuition approach. However, the three state universities interpret state law differently and are not doing so.
The immigration program provides those enrolled with work permits and deferments from deportation.