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Tuition Bill Passed
Newsday (New York, NY)
June 26, 2002 Wednesday QUEENS EDITION
SECTION: NEWS, Pg. A23

By Mae M. Cheng

A bill allowing undocumented immigrants living in New York to pay in-state tuition to attend state and city colleges narrowly passed the Assembly yesterday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor.

"It further establishes our state commitment to having access to higher education for all New Yorkers," said Assemb. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan), the sponsor of the bill.

Last fall, City University officials determined that they were breaking federal law by allowing undocumented immigrants living in New York to pay in-state tuition and hiked the rates starting in the spring semester. Undocumented immigrant students at community colleges were asked to pay about $300 more for the out-of-state tuition, and those at four-year colleges faced a $1,800 increase in rates.

The CUNY move resulted in a drive to pass state legislation that would make tuition more affordable again to undocumented immigrants.

The legislation, which is retroactive to the 2001-2002 school year, passed the Assembly by a vote of 78 to 69. The State Senate already had passed its version earlier this month.

"The governor has made a commitment to get this done," said Joe Conway, a spokesman for Gov. George Pataki.

Copyright 2002 Newsday, Inc.  

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