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.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (6)
  1. Rob Cleary says:

    why does something so obvious have to be debated. Identify them and deort them should be the ONLY option

  2. tony says:

    I agree with the tough law. If you want to live here do it the right way apply to live in the U.S. I did not serve 20 yrs for some one else to take money, that they do not rate. Do not use the the issue ether that the kid was brought over illegal too. The parents know what they were doing and know how the system works. Really Show me any law that says a illegal have the same rights as U.S. people. So what we are saying when the next president get voted in, all the illegal that we aloud to vote because we turn a blind eye on proper ID at the voting both like a Drivers License its OK. I be leave in that law also. Arizona has it right with the Laws. The Pesedent and our governments failed. but we voted them in so it is our fault too.

  3. Mike says:

    I’d hope that anyone illegal would be denied this, but I guess I’m asking for an awful lot.

  4. James says:

    Who really care if illegal Immigrants are treated unfairly regardless of hbow they entered the country, ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL no matter how you spin it! By letting them stay here illegaly raise the cost of tuition and healthcare for all the Legal Residents and US Citizens.

  5. Enough says:

    WHY is this even a topic for debate? Illegals should have no rights to ANYTHING until they become CITIZENS THE LEGAL WAY. So tired of these liberal groups trying to defend them.

  6. Bill says:

    I have no problem with illegals getting a break in tuition from the State. And we should let them get it as soon as the family pays EVERY PENNY of the back taxes on their unclaimed income and goverment subsidies that they have received since the first day that they arrived.THEN… they can get a “break”.

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