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NH Bill Barring Tuition Break Before Senate

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Students attending New Hampshire’s public colleges receiving in-state tuition rates would have to swear on an affidavit they are legal U.S. residents starting next year under a bill facing a Senate vote.

The House version would require the University System of New Hampshire to verify that all 20,000 in-state students have the correct documents to qualify for the lower tuition. The Senate Education Committee proposes instead to have the students sign an affidavit.

Supporters say students not lawfully in the country should pay the higher, non-resident rate.

Opponents argue some students brought into the country as children would be unfairly penalized.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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