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Extending Access to In-State Tuition to Dreamers in Arizona: Issue Brief

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 information and data related to the benefits of implementing an accessible in-state tuition 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.