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Limited In-State Tuition Eligibility Leaves Massachusetts Behind Other States:

Since 2012, state Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients have been eligible for in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities in Massachusetts. They must meet the same requirements for establishing residency in Massachusetts that are required of a US citizen; and, provide appropriate immigration documentation to verify they are “lawful Immigrants.” However, the majority of the 11,000+ undocumented students in higher education and the vast majority of the 3,000 Dreamers graduating high school annually in the commonwealth are excluded from in-state tuition access because they are not able to obtain DACA and/or are not eligible for it.

The Opportunity to Extend Tuition Equity

The legislature is now considering the 2024 annual state budget, with a provision that would extend in-state tuition and financial aid to undocumented students who meet certain criteria.

This resource includes information and data related to the benefits of extending In-state tuition and Financial Aid to Undocumented Students. The resource covers the following topics and arguments:

  • Limited In-State Tuition Eligibility Leaves Massachusetts Behind Other States
  • The Opportunity to Extend Tuition Equity
  • A Comparison of In-State Tuition vs. Out-of-State Tuition in Massachusetts 
  • Benefits of Extending In-State Tuition & Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

Additional Resources 

The Case for MA In-State Tuition & Financial Aid (The Presidents’ Alliance)

Massachusetts In-State Tuition 1-Pgr (thedream.us)

TuitionFairnessMA.com (Website with student stories, data, and information to support in-state tuition and financial aid in Massachusetts) 

In-state Tuition/Financial Aid Requirements Chart (View Only)

Massachusetts – State Page | Higher Ed Immigration Portal

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)

Supporting Higher Education for Immigrant Students in the FY24 State Budget- MIRA

The Tuition Equity Act -Youtube Video

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

Policy Brief on In-state Tuition

American Immigration Council

Immigrants in Massachusetts – American Immigration Council

Map the Impact Massachusetts -American Immigration Council