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15 Colleges That Give In-State Tuition to Illegal Aliens

This is a randomly selected, representative sample of major state universities that are actively discriminating against out-of-state U.S. citizens and legal immigrants in favor of law-breaking illegal aliens. All information has been obtained from university websites unless otherwise indicated. Below is a list of fifteen American colleges that offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens.

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Florida State University
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Florida State University

Illegal alien and DACA students who have graduated from a Florida high school may qualify for an out-of-state tuition fee waiver at the Tallahassee-based university. Illegal alien students have been eligible for in-state tuition in Florida since 2014. FSU in-state tuition costs $6,500 per year, compared to out-of-state students who pay approximately $21,700.

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George Mason University

Located in Northern Virginia, GMU offers in-state tuition to eligible DACA beneficiaries – but not illegal alien students in general – who meet a state residency requirement. In 2014, an opinion issued by Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring, opened the door to public universities granting in-state tuition to DACA students. GMU in-state tuition for full-time students is $4,500, while out-of-state students are charged $16,300.

Michigan State University
#3

Michigan State University

Michigan has not passed any laws allowing in-state tuition for illegal alien students, but several universities in the state have chosen to approve this discount for those illegal foreign nationals who might meet residency and other requirements. MSU charges in-state freshmen $14,500 annually for tuition, while out-of-state students are charged $40,000.

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Rutgers University

Rutgers University.  The largest institution of higher learning in New Jersey, Rutgers grants illegal alien students in-state tuition per the New Jersey Dream Act of December 2013. In-state tuition charges at Rutgers are $15,400 per year. Out-of-state students are charged almost double that amount, $29,000.  

State University of New York
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State University of New York

State University of New York (SUNY).  The SUNY system is the largest comprehensive system of universities and colleges in the country. It offers in-state tuition, state grants and scholarships to some illegal alien students. The state of New York made illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition in 2002 and for state financial aid in 2017. New York residents pay approximately $7,000 in tuition at SUNY while out-of-state students are charged $17,000.

Texas A & M University
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Texas A & M University

Texas A&M University (TAMU).  Located in College Station, Texas, TAMU is the second largest university in the United States in terms of student enrollment. The university classifies all students who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents as international students, but nevertheless allows illegal alien students to qualify for in-state tuition as long as they satisfy certain requirements. Texas was the first state to offer in-state tuition to illegal alien students in 2001. TAMU charges in-state students approximately $10,900 in tuition and fees, compared with $37,900 for out-of-state students.

University of California, Los Angeles
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University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).   On the basis of a California statute, state public colleges – such as UCLA – allow certain illegal alien students to pay in-state tuition rates. Moreover, in 2017, the University of California system limited the number of out-of-state American students at most campuses to 18 percent. Out-of-state students at UCLA are charged almost $30,000 more than those classified as in-state.

University of Colorado Boulder
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University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder.  As a result of the passage of Colorado’s ASSET bill, illegal alien students who meet all eligibility requirements – including attending a Colorado high school for at least three years – have been able to qualify for in-state tuition at UCB since 2013. Colorado and non-Colorado residents are charged $28,800 and $54,300 respectively at the university.

University of Connecticut
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University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut.   On the basis of a 2011 state law, the University of Connecticut allows illegal alien students to pay in-state tuition. In 2015, the law was liberalized and cut the in-state high school attendance requirement from four to two years. Illegal alien students may also be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid. Out-of-state students at U of C are charged almost three times as much as in-state students ($36,500 versus $13,800).

University of Illinois
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University of Illinois

University of Illinois.  The University of Illinois System – which consists of universities located in Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, and Springfield – grants in-state tuition to eligible illegal alien students. Illinois has had an automatic in-state tuition statute since 2003. The out-of-state tuition rate is roughly double what in-state students pay (e.g. $33,000 versus $16,000 at U of I Urbana-Champaign).

University of Maryland, College Park
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University of MD, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park (UMD).  The largest university in the greater D.C. metropolitan area, the University of Maryland, College Park – like the rest of the University of Maryland system – offers in-state tuition to illegal alien students. The basis for this is the Maryland Dream Act, which went into effect in December 2012. The in-state tuition rate at UMD is $8,800 while the out-of-state rate is $36,900.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMN).  The university, located in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, extends in-state tuition to illegal alien students who meet state requirements on the basis of the Minnesota Dream Act, which went into effect in 2013. Out-of-state students at UMN must pay more than double the tuition of in-state students ($33,000 versus $15,000).

University of Utah
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University of Utah

University of Utah.  The Salt-Lake-City-based university offers certain illegal alien students access to in-state tuition rates. Utah – which passed HB 144 in 2002 – was among the first states to make illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition. University of Utah tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students are $9,000 and $28,800 respectively.

University of Virginia
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University of Virginia

University of Virginia (UVa).  DACA beneficiaries have been eligible for in-state tuition at the University of Virginia following the 2014 Herring opinion (see GMU). In August 2019, UVa also extended need-based institutional financial aid eligibility to DACA beneficiaries. UVa charges in-state students $13,700 and out-of-state students $46,300.

Washington State University
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Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU).  Based in Pullman, Washington, WSU grants certain illegal alien students in-state tuition, which is approximately $10,500 – compared to $25,000 for out-of-state students. Illegal alien students have been eligible for in-state tuition rates in the state since Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Washington State Dream Act into law in February 2014.