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Regents reject tuition reduction for students “lawfully present’’ in U.S.


The Arizona Board of Regents this afternoon rejected a motion that essentially sought to reduce the tuition rates for students who are in the country illegally but who have received deferment from deportation under a federal program.

Dennis DeConcini, a regent, offered a proposal to create a new out-of-state tuition rate at 110 percent of the current in-state tuition rate.

ABOR spokeswoman Katie Paquet said the new rate would have applied to students who graduated from Arizona high schools and are “lawfully present” in the United States.

The motion would have allowed those who qualified under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to take advantage of the lower rate. Other students could fall under that category as well.

The regents’ 2-6 vote meant they refused to entertain the motion on its first reading, Paquet said. It takes two readings for the board to approve a policy change.

DeConcini introduced the motion even as the debate rages over how to treat Arizona students who are in the country illegally.

This year, Attorney General Tom Horne asked a court to end Maricopa County Community College District’s practice of offering in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

And this month, two “Dreamers” asked the court to allow them to intervene and filed a counter claim in the state’s case against the college district.


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