CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Students attending New Hampshire’s public colleges and universities would not qualify for in-state tuition if they aren’t in this country legally under a bill up for debate in the state Senate.
The House passed the bill last month with the aim of restricting lower tuition rates to New Hampshire residents. The bill requires the University System of New Hampshire to establish a procedure that ensures students are legal residents of the United States.
The university system says that would mean examining birth certificates and other documents of 20,000 students to determine which ones don’t qualify.
Supporters argue limited subsidies should go to legal residents, but opponents argue some students brought into the country as children would be penalized unfairly.
A Senate hearing on the bill is Tuesday.
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