Updated As Of: April 10, 2017
In-State Tuition Policy
HB 2787 | Student Eligibility Requirements
Demonstrate three years of attendance at an Oregon primary and secondary school prior to receiving a high school diploma or equivalent;
Enroll in a public university in Oregon within three years of earning a high school diploma or equivalent in Oregon;
Shows intention to become a citizen or lawful permanent resident in the United States;
Other Relevant Policies
HB 2802: Would have mandated that all public entities enforce federal immigration law.
HB 2803: Would have required every county to verify immigration status for persons incarcerated in county facilities.
HB 2805: Would have prohibited providing “employment, products, services or licenses” to undocumented immigrants.
HB 2806: Would have allowed businesses to receive federal tax deductions only for employees whose work eligibility was confirmed by the national E-Verify system.
Research and Policy Reports
Federal law has been unsuccessful at addressing comprehensive access to postsecondary education for undocumented students. Despite efforts to pass the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform, Congress has not addressed the current ambiguous language in IIRIRA regarding undocumented students' eligibility for educational benefits (i.e. in-state tuition and state-funded financial aid programs). Therefore, much of the policy activity regarding postsecondary access for undocumented students has shifted to state and system levels. As a result, state policymakers and higher education institutions take varied approaches to either broadening or restricting access to postsecondary education and educational benefits. Others states have yet to take formal action on this issue, leaving the decision to individual campus leaders.
Under the provisions of this ambiguous policy context, undocumented youth encounter contentious environments with policies that range from inclusive, restrictive, or unstipulated stances.
Inclusive: States with policies that explicitly grant in-state tuition and/or eligibility for public financial aid for undocumented students.
Restrictive: States with policies that explicitly deny eligibility for admission and/or in-state tuition for undocumented students.
Unstipulated: States that do not have stated policies that explicitly address undocumented student access to postsecondary education.
State and system policies are volatile and continuously changing. For the latest, please visit the uLEAD Newsdesk. For information specific to individual state context, click in the subheadings below.