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Extending Access to In-State Tuition to Dreamers in Arizona: Talking Points

Arizona prohibits Dreamers who grew up and went to school in Arizona from accessing in-state tuition. Currently, both Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other undocumented students without DACA can access a non-resident tuition rate at 150% the in-state tuition rate if they have attended high school in Arizona for three or more years and have graduated or obtained an equivalent degree. The Arizona State Legislature passed a bill on a bipartisan basis in May 2021 to have a referendum in fall 2022 on whether Dreamers who attend and graduate from an Arizona high school will have the opportunity to attend colleges at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of their immigration status.

This resource includes talking points with information and data meant to provide context related to this critical policy. The resource covers the following topics and arguments:

  • Expanding Access to In-State Tuition;
  • Economic Benefits; and,
  • Education Equity.

You can find more resources related to Arizona policies on in-state tuition, including a state policy infographic and state partners and organizations, here.