Rhode Island State Policy for In-State Tuition
September 26, 2011
In a crowded field house at the Community College of Rhode Island, over 400 educators, students, allies and supporters of CASO cheer when the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBoG) votes unanimously to adopt a new policy that would allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition.
All students who are “residents” of Rhode Island are eligible to pay tuition and fees prescribed by the Board of Governors for in-state students in public higher education.
A student who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States, and who meets the requirements listed below to establish Rhode Island residency shall pay in-state tuition. This includes adult students and adolescents who live with their parents.
In-state tuition and fees are available to a student who meets the following criteria:
a. The student has attended an approved Rhode Island high school for three (3) or more years and continues to live in Rhode Island; and
b. The student has graduated from an approved Rhode Island high school or received a high school equivalency diploma (GED) from the state of Rhode Island; and
c. If the student is not a U.S. citizen and/or does not have lawful immigration status, he or she has filed an affidavit with the institution stating that the student has filed an application for lawful immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so;
d. A student without lawful immigration status shall file an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status, or will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so; and
e. The student is not, and if he or she lives at home, his or her parents are not in the United States on a temporary visa as embassy representatives or international students.
★ NOTE: This policy went into effect in the Fall 2012 semester as is currently still in place.
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