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Persons who entered the country illegally and were attending Indiana public colleges when a state immigration law passed two years ago would again be eligible for in-state tuition rates under a bill approved by the Indiana House.

Rep. Rebecca Kubacki of Syracuse said the change would help a couple hundred students who had the rules changed on them after they had already started work on their college degrees. She said many of those students came to Indiana as young children and have been caught in the middle of the national debate over immigration laws.

Affected immigrants still couldn't receive state college financial aid and new students wouldn't be eligible for in-state tuition.

The House voted 70-23 on Monday in favor of the bill. The Senate previously approved its own version.

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  • Please
    I know why some of you are mad. I know illegal immigrants maybe should go back but if they came here is for a good reason. Undocumented students didn't even know they were coming here illegally. I don't see anything wrong by helping them go to college. But still it's not even helping them a lot since they are still not going to be able to get scholarships or financial aid. They have been living here most of their life so I guess it's fair that they pay in-state tuition. They would actually help the United States if they do something with science or math.
  • Misinformed
    Once again we fall victims to making assumptions without informing ourselves better. I'm not saying that just because you post a comment with your thoughts you're a racist. For example, a couple days ago my best friend, who was born here and know about my situation, made a comment. She said that it was a little bit unfair that undocumented people didn't have to pay taxes at all. Not just because she said that she became racist in my eyes or anything. She didn't know that the Government will provide a ITIN number and a federal number just so we can pay taxes. She said well what about property tax, well simple, property taxes are already averaged in withing rent or mortgage. Being undocumented does not make us untouchable from the law. As a matter of fact we're more cautious about the law than anybody else. Anyway, my point was that everyone assumes that we are and we remain undocumented because we choose too and that is wrong! For years, us, the undocumented students have been fighting to be provided a path to citizenship. I mean i the end of the day we did not choose to come here, but were brought by our parents here. We can't be blamed for their decisions. I also do not hold my parents accountable for anything because all they were trying to do was to provide a better future for me and my siblings and i thank them for that. I went to elementary, middle, and high school here. I've lived in Indianapolis for 12 years. I don't have any recollection of what my hometown country might be like. My only dream was and is to one day become somebody who can make a difference in this country. If I've lived here for 12 years why do i have to pay out of state tuition? We're not taking anything from anybody, for god sakes we pay for our school. We don't get grants and or financial aid. We pay for the right to be in a classroom just like anybody so how are we taking up space in colleges. If we're there its because there must've been a United State citizen who did not want to pursue an education.
  • Unbelievable!
    After moving to Indy from neighboring Ohio 8 years ago, I enrolled at a state college and had my credit hours transferred. I also paid out of state tuition for the year and continued my degree. After that first year in Indy I took a break from school to enlist with the IN National Guard. When I returned to school after taking a couple of semesters off I had to prove with numerous documents that I had remained an IN resident and that I was working & paying taxes here to even be considered for in-state tuition. I was then provided the 'opportunity' to write a letter making my case for in-state consideration, in which I outlined the situation. I was eventually granted in-state for the remainder of my education, but to think that after everything I went through they are now "giving" this significant benefit to not only non-IN residents but illegal immigrants is unfathomable. And while I fully understand that calling someone an illegal immigrant may sound harsh, it is the truth. If a child was brought here illegally, it is their responsibility as an adult to rectify their situation by whatever means necessary. There should be a "path to citizenship" available, but that does not include jumping to the front of the line when millions of people spend their entire lives trying to get here the right way!
  • This is disgusting
    How are illegal aliens getting in state tuition to attend college when American citizen children cannot if they live in another state? Am I hearing this correctly?? This nonsense has gone on long enough. Thought our sellout Senators said illegal aliens are to clean toilets and mop floors. Not going to college and replacing Americans in the workforce! Its time to for change already. Its time for Americans to rise up and demand the end of illegal aliens flooding our borders, taking our jobs, bankrupting our hospitals, schools and states. No amnesty for illegal aliens. Tell your Senator now! Call them now! Revolution is still in our American blood and we cannot let the rich with importing 3rd world poverty to get rid of the middle class. Fight back!!
  • Follow the AP Stylebook"
    I hope the IBJ considers changing their policy to reflect the Associated Press' stylebook entry on the use of the term "ilegal". As we can see from the comment above, it does make a difference. It is insensitive and offensive when you objectify a group of people: “Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant.” http://blog.ap.org/2013/04/02/illegal-immigrant-no-more/
  • Tuition
    Sadly, the average person has no say so in matters that we pay for with taxes. That said, when my 3 kids go to college I will lobby for free tuition because I can find that my ancestory were native Indians. I'm entitled to it!! Shaking my head as I just paid my Indiana state taxes yesterday so that free loaders can ride on back. Cow mature.
  • Illegal
    The title of this article says it all, Illegal immigrants. Yes, perhaps their parents brought them here as children and they haven't been documented. But why is someone who isn't a citizen or on a student visa even allowed to be enrolled in state public universities? This is not primary or secondary education which everyone should have access to. This is higher education. Going to college is not a right. Illegal immigrants (especially college students) need to get smart, and start the process and paperwork to becoming documented whether that requires them to go back to their native country for a short time or not. It's not right that illegal immigrants are taking vital space at public universities and pushing out a legal citizen who may have just scored lower on the SAT.

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