HB 1008, sponsored by Representative Justin Harris, requiring proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States for a person to be eligible for in-state tuition, will be back in the House Education Committee tomorrow, February 8, 2011, at 10 a.m. The Department of Higher Education is supposed to provide detailed information about students whose enrollment had been flagged as possibly being fraudulent.
We need to bombard the House Education Committee with phone calls today and tomorrow morning, asking them to vote “yes” on this bill.
This bill is in accordance with federal law and opposition to it conflicts with the following:
Federal Law Title 8, Chapter 14, Sec. 1623 states:
“An alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State… for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit.”
We must win this battle or anyone from any state can come to school here and be awarded in-state tuition. Out-of-state tuition can be as much as three times in-state tuition. Think of what this would cost the State!
CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR
Link to the Arkansas State Legislature