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Kentucky Policy

Updated As Of: April 26, 2017

  • HB 112 failed to pass in 2011. If enacted, the bill would have essentially restricted admission and financial aid at public post-secondary education institutions to U.S. citizens, national or permanent residents, or those who meet other specified requirements. 
  • HB 235 was introduced in February 2017. If enacted, the bill would prohibit local governments from limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws. 
  • HB 501 was introduced in February 2017. If enacted, the bill would prohibit local governments from adopting or enacting any sanctuary policy.
  • Kentucky rejected a controversial proposition in 2010-2011 that would have required police officers to check individuals' legal status in the country.

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 NewsdeskFor information specific to individual state context, click in the subheadings below.