Arizona Supreme Court Ruling April 9, 2018

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The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that DACA recipients are no longer eligible to receive in-state college tuition rates in AZ

Today, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that DACA recipients are no longer eligible to receive in-state tuition rates at the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). This decision will impact DACA students across AZ colleges & universities. In 2012, MCCCD granted in-state tuition for DACA recipients. Pima Community College (PCC) and the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) granted the same tuition rates in 2013 and 2015, respectively. This does not impact the tuition rates for the spring 2018 semester.

Like the effects of Proposition 300, a state law that already keeps out thousands of undocumented students from AZ colleges and universities, this decision is another direct attack from the state of Arizona on the immigrant community. Making DACA students ineligible to receive in-state resident tuition rates, will push over 2,500 current students out of college and stop incoming DACA students from enrolling in colleges and universities across AZ. This is detrimental to the well-being of students and families across the state.

Mira Patel, University of Arizona DACA student said, “This state never wanted me in school, and today I felt that more than ever. I will stay in school not just for myself but for my parents. But now I don’t want or need your pity; I need your money.”

Marygrace Ghio, Pima Community College student shared, “I’m trying to get through school and thrive in this country, that is the reason I came here…to succeed. I no longer feel welcome. I no longer feel human here.”

As ScholarshipsA-Z, an organization that fights for all students to have access to their educational goals regardless of immigration status, we continue to fight side-by-side with Mira, Marygrace, and the thousands of undocumented and DACA students across the state. We will continue to fight to make education accessible to all students.

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