Public Hearing on In-State Tuition - Wed. 1/27

The CSfC Immigration Reform Team needs us now. On Wednesday, January 27th at 1pm, there will be a public hearing on the In-state Tuition legislation we've been working on since last June.

Our immigrant rights allies are counting on CSfC's mobilization capacity.
  • Public Hearing on In-state Tuition Legislation
  • Wed. 1/27 1pm
  • State House Room 2B
The Education Parity Act (H.1175/S.603) will let undocumented immigrant students in MA, most of whom came to Massachusetts as infants or children, pay the same in-state tuition rates as their peers at public colleges. These hard-working high-schoolers are currently charged out-of-state tuition rates that are financially prohibitive, making an education beyond the twelfth grade unaffordable and thus, unattainable.

This is not a discount or a hand-out. Students will have to pay full in-state tuition rates out of pocket with no assistance from federal or state financial aid or scholarships. According to a 2006 MA Taxpayers Foundation report, which stands by these numbers as current today, the Education Parity Act (H.1175/S.603) would bring $2.5 million in new revenue to Massachusetts within 3 years - by increasing income without increasing costs.

CSfC's Immigration Reform/In-state Tuition team supports the youth of our neighborhoods: born in this country or first generation immigrants; documented or undocumented; we think all youth deserve a fair chance to learn and succeed, and that their success lifts up our Commonwealth.
  • Public Hearing on In-state Tuition Legislation
  • Wed. 1/27 1pm
  • State House Room 2B
Twelve other states, including Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma (hardly bastions of liberalism) have already passed similar legislation with wide bipartisan support. Massachusetts, a pillar among education states, is lagging. The time is NOW to eliminate useless barriers for Massachusetts high-schoolers who want to go to college and learn.

Be there:
  • Public Hearing on In-state Tuition Legislation
  • Wed. 1/27 1pm
  • State House Room 2B
Contact: immigration@cambridgesomervilleforchange.com

Comments

1 Response to "Public Hearing on In-State Tuition - Wed. 1/27"

Mellissa said... January 22, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Looking forward to a great turn out!! Cambridge and Somerville need to support this effort for all their immigrant citizens.

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